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U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn voted Thursday to prevent President Donald Trump from withdrawing the United States from an international climate agreement, while the four Oklahoma Republicans in the House opposed the legislation.

The bill, approved 231 to 190, would require the president to develop a public plan for complying with its goal of reducing emissions under the 2015 Paris Agreement. Trump has pledged to withdraw the United States from the agreement.

Horn, D-Oklahoma City, said, "Climate change is real. It impacts our communities and threatens our national security. It’s critical that we address it. But we need to be smart about how we do it."

She said the bill "simply puts us back into step with the rest of the world. It provides emissions goals, but it doesn’t mandate how to get there. That allows our business community to innovate instead of facing overly burdensome regulations."

The United States was one of about 190 countries to sign the agreement. Former President Barack Obama committed to reducing the nation's greenhouse gas emissions by 26% to 28% below the 2005 level by 2025.

Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, criticized the bill during debate on Wednesday, saying it was "all talk, no action."

"The bill does nothing to address the fundamental flaws in the Paris Agreement," Cole said. "Nor does it offer any substantial legislation to consider the problem of our own changing climate. ... It's simply another messaging bill to allow the majority to go on record in opposition to President Trump. That's not legislating."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Thursday that the GOP-controlled Senate won't consider the bill.

Before the final vote on Thursday, all five Oklahoma members of the House voted for a motion to make the bill contingent on certification that the U.S. wouldn't lose jobs to China if it met its emissions goal. That motion failed.

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