Washington Watch: LCV Leader Guest at SOTU

Washington Watch: LCV Leader Guest at SOTU

Members of Congress chose their guests for the annual State of the Union address to send a variety of messages to the president and to America. One new House leader chose to recognize the head of the national League of Conservation Voters (LCV).

The invitation to LCV President Gene Karpinski was part of efforts by several members to spotlight the need for Congress to take action on climate change this term, before it is too late to control the damages. U.S. Representative Paul Tonko (D-NY), the new Chair of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on climate change and other environmental issues, invited Karpinski.

Karpinski told the Washington Post, “I love to say ‘elections have consequences’ and I am thrilled that champions like Tonko are leading the new pro-environment House majority.” The article noted that LCV spent $80 million in support of pro-environment candidates in the 2018 election cycle.

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