CAGW to President Trump: Submit Paris Treaty to U.S. Senate for Ratification

April 18, 2017

The Honorable Donald Trump
President of the United States
The White House
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear President Trump,

It is our understanding that discussions are underway among your advisors regarding the Paris Climate Treaty that President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry helped to negotiate.  Rather than submit the document for ratification to the U.S. Senate, as required by Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution, President Obama determined that the United States would abide by the treaty through an executive order.

We appreciate the many decisions you have been making and policies you have been establishing that demonstrate your strong belief in the Constitution and the rule of law.  If the Paris Treaty is allowed to stand without ratification by the Senate, it would be unconstitutional.  Moreover, future presidents could use this dangerous precedent, if unchecked, to enter an unlimited number of treaties that could affect national security, spend money, create regulations, and make the United States beholden to other nations by bypassing the Constitution and Senate ratification.

On behalf of the more than 1.2 million members and supporters of Citizens Against Government Waste, I respectfully request that you submit the Paris Climate Treaty to the U.S. Senate for ratification.

Sincerely,

Tom Schatz
President, Citizens Against Government Waste

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