The amendment was courtesy of Dem Rep. Pig Virus.

(E2 Wire) — House Republicans rejected an amendment offered Tuesday by a top Democrat that called on Congress to accept the scientific consensus that climate change is occurring.

House Energy and Commerce Committee ranking Democrat Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) offered the amendment Tuesday during the panel’s markup of legislation to block Environmental Protection Agency climate rules in an effort to get Republicans on the record on climate science.

The amendment failed on a party-line vote of 31-20. No Republicans voted for the amendment.

The legislation to block EPA climate rules would repeal an EPA finding that climate change endangers human health and welfare. Waxman’s amendment calls on Congress to accept the portion of EPA’s finding that says climate change is occurring.

The amendment says that “Congress accepts the scientific finding of the Environmental Protection Agency that ‘warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from observations of increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice, and rising global average sea level.'”

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