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Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) listens during an Atlantic Council event on day seven of the COP26 summit on Nov. 6 in Glasgow, Scotland. Photo: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images

Democratic Sen. Chris Coons led a bipartisan delegation of U.S. lawmakers to the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, where the first order of business was participating in a panel conversation about bridging the political divide on tackling a myriad of climate problems.

Driving the news: The delegation includes more than half a dozen Republican and Democratic lawmakers who intend to hold bilateral meetings with international counterparts as well as connect with President Biden’s climate envoy, former Secretary of State John Kerry.

  • Lawmakers in the delegation said more Republicans in Congress would like to work to mitigate the impact of climate change but the parties often have divergent ideas about what those solutions should look like.

What they're saying: "My name is John Curtis, and I'm a Republican ... and I'm at COP. How cool is that?" said the Utah lawmaker who chairs the Conservative Conservation Caucus during a panel event focused on clean energy innovation hosted by the Atlantic Council.

  • "This is not about the future. It's about our economy today, our well-being today, our mental health, and our physical health," said Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado, a member of the Senate's bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, which is co-chaired by Coons and Republican Sen. Mike Braun of Indiana.
  • "The United States is back to leading the fight against climate change," Coons tweeted on Saturday, alongside a photo of him standing next to Kerry.
A tweet previously embedded here has been deleted or was tweeted from an account that has been suspended or deleted.

Of note: The delegation also includes Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Reps. Scott Peters (D-Calif.) and Tom Malinowski (D-N.J.)

Go deeper: What to know about COP26 in Glasgow

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Stabenow: "Need to bring our jobs home" to help prevent future chip shortages

Courtenay Brown and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) at an Axios event on Wedensday.

There needs to be more manufacturing and production of semiconductor chips in the United States to avoid a shortage in the future, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) said at an Axios event on Wednesday.

Driving the news: The Department of Commerce is pushing Congress to pass the CHIPS act — a bill co-sponsored by Stabenow — to help combat the ongoing chip shortage and make sure it's not an issue again in the future.

Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Congressional leaders clinch support for crucial defense bill, debt limit votes

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer passes waiting reporters on Tuesday. Photo: Eric Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Congress has found a shortcut to pass its annual defense funding bill and raise the debt limit.

Driving the news: The House voted Tuesday night on two major bills — one creating a one-time, fast-track process for the Senate to raise the debt ceiling with just 51 votes, and another passing its annual defense bill.

House passes annual defense bill

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The House voted to pass the annual defense bill 363-70 on Tuesday night, authorizing nearly $770 billion in funding for defenses and national security programs.

Why it matters: The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) still has to clear the Senate, but the House passage greatly increases the chances that the must-pass defense bill will move through both chambers of Congress before the end of the year.