Will Congress give its stamp of approval to President Obama's proposed "Climate Resilience Fund"?
When Obama released his fiscal year 2015 budget request last week, he made clear that climate action is a priority. The budget included a provision for a $1 billion fund that would help cities, towns, and rural areas shore up infrastructure and better prepare for extreme weather.
The fund also sets aside federal dollars for climate science research, including sea-level rise analysis, and emergency assistance. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, for example, would be given $400 million under the fund for "hazard-mitigation and preparedness-assistance efforts," according to a White House blog post.
But the spending package will never become a political reality unless it's passed by Congress. Will lawmakers support the initiative? If it fails to pass wholesale, is there any possibility that certain provisions could be enacted on a piecemeal basis? If so, which measures are likely to draw the broadest bipartisan support?