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Washington Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) joined Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and a bipartisan group of their colleagues to introduce a resolution (S.Res 404) that calls for the United States to remain in the Paris climate agreement. Joining Feinstein and Cardin to introduce the resolution were Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawai’i), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.).

Monday, November 4 is the first day President Donald Trump can formalize his threat to withdraw the United States from this historic international agreement. Parties to the Paris Agreement pledged to reduce carbon pollution in an amount and manner determined by each nation that puts the world on a strong trajectory to address climate change.

With an understanding that the Paris Agreement allows the United States to set how much it would reduce pollution and how it would meet these self-determined goals, the resolution opens with a sense of the Senate that the United States should “work in cooperation with the international community and continue to exercise global leadership in our shared responsibilities, including holding parties accountable for meeting their commitments, and address the causes and effects of climate change.” It also encourages the development of domestic policies to achieve greenhouse gas emission cuts as outlined by the Paris Agreement and “achieve maximum benefits for the United States” by implementing its commitments under the agreement.

The full text of S. Res. 404 can be found here.