Lawmakers Plan to Hold the Senate Floor All Night to Urge Action on Climate Change

Mar 10, 2014

The U.S. Capitol.
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U.S. senators from Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island are among 28 lawmakers who are preparing to hold the Senate floor all night long to urge congressional action on climate change.

The 28 lawmakers are members of the Senate Climate Action Task Force, a group formed to highlight climate change. Most members are expected to take the Senate floor beginning Monday evening until about 9:00 am Tuesday.

Rhode Island U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse said the action is intended to send a message that "it's time for Congress to wake up and get serious" with addressing climate change. Whitehouse said the cost of Congress' inaction on climate is too high for communities and the economy.

Other members of the task force include Massachusetts U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey, and Connecticut U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy.