Republican United States Senators Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley voted in support of the Kigali Amendment, a global climate deal.
The amendment to the Montreal Protocol aims to cut the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which is reported to be a major greenhouse gas.
The Kigali Amendment is seen as a key step towards combating climate change.
Democrat Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer called it a “win-win” in the fight against climate change. He said it will “go a long way” in the battle against “rising global temperatures.”
John Kerry said it is a “profound victory for the climate and the American economy.”
Americans for Prosperity – Iowa had posted about the amendment on Facebook earlier in the day on Wednesday.
“The Kigali Amendment would reduce US sovereignty by handing power to the UN,” the post said. “Contact Sen. Chuck Grassley and Sen. Joni Ernst to urge them to vote against the Kigali Amendment!”
According to AFP Government Affairs, the amendment creates a consumer tax on air conditioning and refrigeration and gives China and other industrial competitors an “unfair advantage.”
Twenty-seven GOP Senators voted against the amendment.
Moderate Senate Republicans like Mitt Romney, Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins voted with Ernst and Grassley — and every Senate Democrat present — in support of the amendment.