On MSNBC Monday, following a victory over Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in the fight over the rules revolution, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) laid out a roadmap for President Joe Biden to get around Republican obstruction on climate policy: by declaring a state of emergency and unlocking federal resources to act on his own.
"I think it might be a good idea for President Biden to call a climate emergency," said Schumer. "Then he can do many, many things under the emergency powers of the president that wouldn't have to go through — that he could do without legislation."
"Now, Trump used this emergency for a stupid wall which wasn't an emergency," continued Schumer. "But if there ever was an emergency, climate is one. So I would suggest that they explore looking at climate as an emergency, which would give them more flexibility. After all, it's a crisis. It's a crisis."
While McConnell backed down from his demand that Democrats permanently enshrine the filibuster in Senate rules, Democrats currently lack the votes to repeal or reform the filibuster on their own, meaning Republicans will retain a blanket veto on many legislative policies. Democrats will be able to pass budget-related policies by a simple majority, but will require 10 Republican votes for most other bills.