Rep. Earl Blumenauer introduces the PARIS Act

U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon, during an interview at KATU Wednesday, April, 12, 2017. (KATU Photo)

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D) will introduce the PARIS Act in Congress Monday.

The Prohibiting Aid for Recipients Ignoring Science Act prevents properties owned by a president or his/her family from receiving federal flood insurance from the National Flood Insurance Program.

The name of the legislation is of course a play on words of the Paris Agreement, which the United States is leaving, according to an announcement from Pres. Donald Trump earlier this month.

“The American people should not be responsible for bailing out leaders who ignore science to gain political points, while subjecting the United States – and the rest of the world – to the catastrophic effects of climate change,” Rep. Blumenauer said in a news release. “Trump may choose to reject science, but he can’t ignore the impacts – especially as they happen in his own backyard.”

The PARIS Act is co-sponsored by representatives Gerald Connolly (VA-11), Barbara Lee (CA-13), Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), Raúl Grijalva (AZ-03), Ro Khanna (CA-17), and Jamie Raskin (MD-08).

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