Pelosi Stops Short of Endorsing Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Green New Deal’

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The New York Representative tied her open borders claim to her denunciation of funding for the Department of Homeland Security.

The self-described Democratic socialist spoke on Thursday alongside several liberal groups, including MoveOn and United We Dream, a pro-immigration group that calls for ICE to be abolished.

"Not only will we not agree to fund [ICE], but we are here to say that an agency like ICE, which repeatedly and systematically violates human rights, does not deserve a dime", she continued. She said she also wants to hear from the new climate committee, which she said will "spearhead Democrats' work" on climate issues.

Ocasio-Cortez called the Green New Deal resolution just "the first step" in identifying those solutions.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she welcomes "the enthusiasm" of backers of a Green New Deal, but she stopped short of supporting it. Ed Markey (D-Mass), unveiled a plan to revamp the US economy and eliminate carbon emissions on Thursday, suggesting in an NPR interview that deficit spending might be the best way to pay for it.

Sen. Ed Markey D-Mass. is among those leading the effort for a Green New Deal intended to transform the U.S. economy to combat climate change and create jobs in renewable energy
Pelosi Stops Short of Endorsing Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Green New Deal’

Ed Markey, a Democrat, is broad and light on specifics, and seen more as a roadmap for overhauling the economy than a concrete piece of legislation. "I do know its enthusiastic and I welcome all the enthusiasm that is out there", she told reporters during her weekly press conference. As Executive Director Alexandra Rojas explained, "The Green New Deal offers a positive solution to match the scale of our nation's biggest crises - climate change, structural racism, and skyrocketing inequality". Pelosi also named the nine Democratic members of the new Select Committee on the Climate Crisis - and notably left Ocasio-Cortez off the list. "I will not give one dollar to black-box detention facilities that think that some people in this country are deserving of constitutional protections and others are not". Suzanne Bonamici of Oregon, Julia Brownley, Jared Huffman and Mike Levin of California, Sean Casten of Illinois, Donald McEachin of Virginia and Joe Neguse of Colorado.

Pelosi said the new panel, which also will include six Republicans, "will be vital in advancing ambitious progress for our planet".

The Republican Study Committee pointed out the dichotomy Thursday, shortly after the New York Democrat launched her sweeping environmental plan aimed at achieving zero-net greenhouse-gas emissions in 10 years.

An analysis by Fox News last month showed at least eight potential and current Democratic 2020 candidates have voiced support for or touted aspects of the proposal - including Sens. Use of wind and solar power would be dramatically increased under the plan.

Most of the Democratic presidential candidates, including Senators Kirsten Gillibrand of New York; Kamala Harris of California; Elizabeth Warren of MA; and Cory Booker of New Jersey have also broadly endorsed the idea behind the Green New Deal.

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