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Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerCapitol insurrection fallout: A PATRIOT Act 2.0? Schumer calls for DOJ watchdog to probe alleged Trump effort to oust acting AG Student loan forgiveness would be windfall for dentists, doctors and lawyers MORE (D-N.Y.) said on Monday night that President Biden should consider declaring a climate emergency.
"It might be a good idea for President Biden to call a climate emergency," Schumer told MSNBC's Rachel MaddowRachel Anne MaddowFauci describes 'chilling' pressure on scientists in Trump era Fauci tells Maddow he was 'blocked' from going on show under Trump admin A vaccine, a Burrito and more: 7 lighter, memorable moments from 2020 MORE.
Schumer appeared be referencing Biden making a national emergency declaration, with the Senate leader noting that former President Donald TrumpDonald TrumpMore than two-thirds of Americans approve of Biden's coronavirus response: poll Sarah Huckabee Sanders to run for governor Mexico's president tests positive for COVID-19 MORE's used it for the border wall
"He can do many, many things under the emergency powers ... that he could do without legislation," Schumer added about what authority Biden could have if he used his emergency powers.
Schumer's push comes as the president has already issued climate-related executive orders including rejoining the Paris climate agreement. The Washington Post reported on Monday night that he'll also impose a moratorium this week on new federal oil and gas leases.
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