(This post was updated at 9:35 a.m. Tuesday to correct the explanation of action the House Rules Committee will take and to correct the political affiliation of Rep. Jim Langevin.)
U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., has introduced an amendment to remove language addressing climate change from a House defense spending bill, according to the House Rules Committee website.
The language, which Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., introduced and Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, supported in the House Armed Services Committee review of the legislation, would require the Secretary of Defense to report to Congress within one year on risks to military installations and combat readiness from climate change over the next 20 years.
The House Rules Committee is scheduled to vote on Wednesday whether to allow Perry's amendment to remove climate change language from the legislation to go to a vote of the full House, said Anita Baffoni, a spokeswoman for Langevin.
“If it is ruled in order, Congressman Langevin intends to vigorously fight this (Perry’s) amendment on the House floor,” Baffoni said in a statement issued Monday.
Stefanik has no comment on Perry’s effort to remove the climate change language from the legislation, at this point, said Tom Flanagin, the congresswoman’s spokesman.
“We’ll hold on commenting on any amendments until the Rules Committee has determined what will be included,” he said Monday.
Click here to read more about the legislation.