Sens. Blumenthal and Murphy are among 28 lawmakers slated to participate in an overnight talk-a-thon Monday night to call attention to the issue of climate change.
The 15-hour all-nighter is an event spearheaded by the Senate’s Climate Action Task Force, which formed earlier this year to push for climate change legislation in Congress – an issue far from the forefront of Washington politics in recent years. Both Blumenthal and Murphy are members on the task force.
The group that will take over the Senate floor Monday night comprises 26 Democrats and two independents. Leaders say that the purpose of the event is to “wake up” Congress to climate change. The event is scheduled to last until 9 a.m. Tuesday, and begins immediately after votes end Monday evening.
The event was organized by Democratic Sens. Brian Schatz of Hawaii, Barbara Boxer of Calif., and Sheldon Whitehouse of R.I.
“Climate change is real, it is caused by humans, and it is solvable,” said Senator Schatz in a release announcing the event. “Congress must act. On Monday night we’re going to show the growing number of Senators who are committed to working together to confront climate change.”