WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), co-chair of the bipartisan Senate Climate Solutions Caucus, joined bicameral leaders yesterday to urge the inclusion of a Civilian Climate Corps in the final budget reconciliation package being considered in the Senate.
Senator Coons spoke alongside Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Representatives Joe Neguse (D-Colo.), Judy Chu (D-Calif.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), and Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) to outline their unified vision to create a Civilian Climate Corps that puts people to work on the most important issues facing our nation today. AmeriCorps, which already has a robust existing network across the country and experience tackling the full range of climate challenges – from conservation and mitigation to disaster response, would play a central role in its implementation.
“This is a tried, true, and tested model that helped our country get out of the Great Depression married up with a program that has helped us over the last 25 years bring Americans together in service to our country,” Senator Coons said during his speech.
“When we harness that to the generational challenge of combating climate change,” he continued, “we can make a truly transformational difference for a generation of Americans, and for our country, and for our future. I am so excited to work with my colleagues on bringing this vision into reality.”
In a letter to House and Senate leadership, Senator Coons and his colleagues asked for several key components to be included in the Civilian Climate Corps (CCC), including its implementation through programs including AmeriCorps, which Senator Coons has long championed.
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