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Senate Democrat threatening to suspend funding to Brazil amid Amazon fires


Added 08-23-19 01:57:01pm EST - “Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii)? urged fellow lawmakers to cut all funding to Brazil until the Amazon rainforest fire crisis is resolved.” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Senate Democrat threatening to suspend funding to Brazil amid Amazon fires”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel Schatz'Medicare for All' complicates Democrats' pitch to retake Senate Criminal justice reform should extend to student financial aid Booker, Durbin and Leahy introduce bill to ban death penalty MORE (D-Hawaii) urged fellow lawmakers to cut all funding to Brazil until the Amazon rainforest fire crisis is resolved.

“The Amazon is literally on fire. And instead of confronting this crisis, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has pointed the finger at nongovernmental organizations charged with protecting the rain forest and called his own government’s reports on deforestation fake,” Schatz said in a statement Thursday. 

The senator issued a call for the Trump administration to “communicate that the U.S.-Brazil bilateral relationship is in danger.” A White House spokesperson was not immediately available to respond. 

 “When the Senate returns, I will be working with my colleagues to hold every source of funding we provide to Brazil in abeyance until this crisis is over,” Schatz said. 

Schatz is the chair of the Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis. He also sits on the Senate Appropriations Committee. 

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