(Alexandria, Virginia) — The 60 Plus Association, America’s largest center-right seniors group with over 7.2 million senior supporters, today issued a statement in support of a U.S. Senate Amendment to Senate Bill S.1 that states the Sense of the Senate to require an impact study before the issuing of international agreements on greenhouse gas emissions, such as the deal struck with China by President Obama. The Resolution further requires that such agreements be subject to the advice and consent of the Senate to limit the President’s ability to negotiate terms that harm the economy, consumers, and local communities.
Stated by 60 Plus Chairman Jim Martin:
“On behalf of more than seven million senior supporters and tens of millions of elderly Americans living on fixed and diminishing incomes, barely getting by in this difficult economy, the 60 Plus Association strongly rejects President Obama’s dangerous and irresponsible greenhouse gas emissions agreement with China, which requires the U.S. to adhere to strict limits on the use of coal, while allowing the world’s biggest polluters to vastly increase their own emissions.
“We are in strong support of this Senate Amendment, which pushes ideology aside and instead stands with American consumers, workers, families and the more than 70% of American elderly living on fixed incomes.
“The deal the President struck with China will lead to significant increases in electricity bills at home while our economic competitors abroad continue to increase greenhouse gas emissions, giving both their consumers and industries a competitive edge over America. It is the job of lawmakers in Washington to help, not hurt, the people they represent. This Senate Amendment serves as a strong reminder of this principle, and seniors across America are thankful their concerns and opposition to harmful, irresponsible agreements are being heard and acted upon in Washington.”