U.S. senators Mike Braun of Indiana and Chris Coons of Delaware announced Wednesday that six colleagues have joined their new Senate Climate Solutions Caucus.
The caucus, formed in late October by Republican Braun and Democrat Coons, will "craft and advance bipartisan solutions to address climate change," the senators' offices said.
Joining the group are Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina; Democrats Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Michael Bennet of Colorado; and independent Angus King of Maine.
The offices of Braun and Coons said the caucus had its first meeting Tuesday with corporate chief executive officers who are part of the CEO Climate Dialogue, which says on its website that "it is urgent that the President and Congress put in place a long-term federal policy as soon as possible to protect against the worst impacts of climate change."
Members of the CEO Climate Dialogue come from energy, chemical, automotive, construction products, finance and consumer goods companies and environmental groups. They include leaders of DuPont, Dow, Citi, Ford Motor Co., Shell, BP, Unilever, the Nature Conservancy and the Environmental Defense Fund.
The offices of Braun and Coons said the caucus and the executives "discussed their support for the bipartisan development of legislation that will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions using market-based approaches that are durable, equitable, and supportive of the American economy."
Braun said in a statement that the caucus will allow "real conversations about protecting our environment, securing America's energy future and protecting American manufacturing jobs."