The Paris Agreement Is a Treaty and Should Be Submitted to the Senate

The Paris Agreement is in form, in substance, and in the nature of its commitments a treaty as opposed to a sole executive agreement and should be submitted to the Senate. The executive branch has shown contempt for the U.S. treaty-making process and the role of Congress, particularly the Senate. The President is attempting to achieve through executive fiat that which he could not accomplish through the democratic process. By treating the Paris Agreement as a sole executive agreement and by seeking to enforce the agreement through controversial and deeply divisive regulations, his Administration is ignoring the commitment made to the Senate in 1992 by his predecessor. The President’s actions in connection with the Paris Agreement evince an unprecedented level of executive unilateralism which Congress should oppose by any and all means.

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