Meng Measure Stressing Link Between Climate Change and Food Security Passes House
May 2, 2019
Amendment passes as part of key climate change bill
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Climate Action Now Act (H.R. 9) which included an amendment authored by U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) that stresses the critical link between climate change and food security.
“Climate change is one of the greatest threats facing our planet and humanity. Failure to face this challenge immediately and head-on will have catastrophic consequences for us and generations to come,” said Meng. “I’m especially alarmed by the consequences climate change poses to our agriculture, and how this will impact vulnerable communities like children, the elderly, and low-income individuals who already face food insecurity. Hundreds of millions of people around the world already face chronic malnourishment and hunger, and inaction will only exacerbate these issues. I’m glad my amendment was included in this critical bill, as we cannot ignore the inextricable link between climate change and food security.”
The Climate Action Now Act seeks to prohibit federal funds from being used to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement. It also calls on the administration to develop its own strategy for how the U.S. will meet its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under the agreement. Meng cosponsored and voted for the bill.
The legislation now heads to the U.S. Senate.
A copy of Meng’s amendment can be viewed here.