House condemns carbon tax
The House of Representatives voted 229-180 to approve Rep. Steve Scalise's resolution condemning a carbon tax as "detrimental to the economy." The language of the resolution does not get into the details of what kind of carbon tax (we happen to be partial to the revenue-neutral, border adjustable type) and also is non-binding. Voting against the measure, Florida's Rep. Carlos Curbelo, who is introducing carbon tax legislation next week. Also voting no on the GOP side, his delegation mates Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Rep. Francis Rooney; Pennsylvania's Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick; Indiana's Rep. Trey Hollingsworth; and Utah's Rep. Mia Love, who yesterday tweeted:
I am one of 43 Republicans who will work with 43 Democrats in the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus in the House of Representatives. Utahns want solutions and I'm making sure we are at the table and moving forward. #utpol https://t.co/EdzRrY4W8G
— Mia Love (@MiaBLove) July 18, 2018
Rep. Ryan Costello of Pennsylvania voted present.
The same measure passed in 2016 with unanimous Republican support.