U.S. SENATE— U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced legislation to prohibit U.S. taxpayer dollars from being used to rejoin the job-killing Paris Climate Agreement. Daines also officially introduced a Senate resolution calling on President Biden to submit the Paris Agreement to the Senate for review as required under the Constitution.
“President Biden violated the Constitution when he chose to rejoin the poorly negotiated and deeply flawed Paris Climate Agreement—a deal that’s horrible for America and good for China,” Senator Daines stated. “This deal will do nothing except cause more hard-working Americans to lose their jobs and burden American families with higher energy prices. We must ensure not a single penny of taxpayer dollars are used to implement this disastrous deal.”
Senator Daines is the Chair of the Senate Western Caucus and sits on the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
On his first day as president, Joe Biden announced that he would re-enter the United States into the Paris Climate Agreement. This formally occurred on February 19th, 2021.
In 2016, President Obama entered the Paris Agreement without the consent of the Senate, going directly against the U.S. Constitution. Article II, section 2, clause 2 of the U.S. Constitution states that the President may only enter into an international treaty provided two thirds of the Senators present concur.