Progressive Breakfast for September 19

Morning Message

Start Climate Summit Week Right: March.

The White House will be applying a “full-court press” on the climate during the United Nations Climate Summit next week. In addition to President Obama’s address to the summit, which will detail all that he is trying to accomplish by executive action, the Cabinet will be unleashed ... All of this activity is to show the 120 nations attending the summit that the United States has stepped up, and now it’s the rest of the world’s turn. You can help send that message to the world. All you have to do is attend the Sept. 21 People’s Climate March in New York City.

WH Preps For Climate Summit

“WH cranks up heat ahead of UN summit” reports The Hill: “The Obama administration is preparing a ‘full-court press’ ahead of next week’s U.N. climate summit where the president will use his speech to “call on world leaders to keep their ambitions high … The administration’s carbon pollution rules on existing power plants and latest actions to phase out a popular coolant found in air conditioners and refrigerators will be on the mouths of every Cabinet member. The administration will also tout actions announced Thursday to boost energy efficiency and solar power in homes and businesses, which would reduce carbon emissions 300 million metric tons by 2030. Obama won’t stop there, Podesta said. Early next week the president will announce more executive actions on aid to vulnerable populations to help build up resilience to the impacts of climate change.”

NYT’s Paul Krugman explains how capping carbon is cheap: “I’ve just been reading two new reports on the economics of fighting climate change: a big study by a blue-ribbon international group, the New Climate Economy Project, and a working paper from the International Monetary Fund. Both claim that strong measures to limit carbon emissions would have hardly any negative effect on economic growth, and might actually lead to faster growth. This may sound too good to be true, but it isn’t. These are serious, careful analyses.”

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Government Stays Open, But Syria Provision Causes Concern

Senate clears bill to keep government open, arm Syrian rebels. NYT: “The training measure was pushed hard by President Obama, who will now sign it into law. It was tucked into a larger Senate bill to keep the government funded past Sept. 30, a maneuver that leaders of both parties favored to ensure as few defections as possible. The Senate’s 78-to-22 vote, a day after the House passed the measure, masked the serious doubts that some senators had.”

Notable senators voted no. Bloomberg: “Opponents of the bill in the Senate — 10 Democrats and 12 Republicans — included potential 2016 presidential contenders. Democrats Elizabeth Warren ofMassachusetts and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York voted against the proposal, as did Bernie Sanders of Vermont, an independent who caucuses with Democrats. On the Republican side, possible presidential aspirants Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul ofKentucky opposed the bill, while Marco Rubio of Florida supported it, though he said he was disappointed there hadn’t been an opportunity for more extensive debate.”

Boehner Likes Immigration Reform Again

Boehner admits immigration reform would’ve helped economy. The Hill: “‘Immigration reform will help our economy, but you’ve got to secure the border first,’ the Ohio Republican said after a speech at the conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute … ‘It needs to be fixed. We’re a nation of immigrants, the sooner we do it, the better off the country would be.’ His immigration comments, in response to an audience question, weren’t part of his prepared remarks. They followed a 20-minute-speech in which Boehner laid out his five-point plan to jump-start America’s economy.”

Republicans fail to get a vote on gutting Obama’s immigration action. Politico: “Democratic Sens. Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Joe Manchin of West Virginia voted with all Republicans on a procedural vote that the GOP depicted as a signal of support for pending executive action from President Barack Obama on immigration. The measure ultimately failed on a 50-50 tie vote … had it passed [it] would have allowed them to offer legislation gutting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and block it from being expanded.”