Pelosi stops short of endorsing Green New Deal

Ocasio-Cortez Seeks More Co-Sponsors As the Introduction of Green New Deal Legislation Approaches

During Nielsen's heated exchange with Representative Luis Gutierrez (D., Texas), which Ocasio-Cortez referenced, the secretary distinguished between a comprehensive family-separation policy that would apply to all migrants and the zero-tolerance enforcement policy, which applied only to migrants who were being prosecuted for crossing the border illegally.

She and fellow Democrat, Rep. Ed Markey of MA, will introduce their proposal later Thursday.

The Green New Deal also aims to create an economic safety net for "front-line" communities that will be affected by a radical shift away from fossil fuel use. It sets a goal to meet "100 percent of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable and zero-emission energy sources", including nuclear power.

It also calls for new projects to modernise U.S. transportation infrastructure, de-carbonise the manufacturing and agricultural sectors, make buildings and homes more energy efficient and increase land preservation. The long and short of it: we have a very limited amount of time to slow global warming, for which the USA has "historically been responsible for a disproportionate amount of greenhouse gas emissions".

Earlier in the interview, Ocasio-Cortez said she considers herself a capitalist, which she argued can be reconciled with her Democratic socialism.

The Green New Deal resolution unveiled Thursday would provide guidance on the drafting of legislation.

Pelosi said Thursday she hadn't seen the Green New Deal proposal but welcomes "the enthusiasm" of its backers. "And so that's really what we're trying to accomplish with the Green New Deal".

Answering critics who call the plan unrealistic, Ocasio-Cortez says that when President John F. Kennedy wanted to go to the moon by the end of the 1960s, 'people said it was impossible'.

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But Pentagon spokesman Army Colonel Rob Manning said the United States military had received no orders to begin withdrawing. The Taliban governed Afghanistan in 1996-2001 with an ultra-conservative and often brutal interpretation of Islamic law.

The resolution does not include a price tag, but some Republicans predict it would cost in the trillions of dollars.

"It will be one of several or maybe many suggestions that we receive", she said.

MSNBC's Chuck Todd questioned the freshman congresswoman about whether her brand of Democratic socialism can appeal outside of her deep blue NY district, before probing about whether the two-party system reflects the diverse viewpoints of the country.

"I think that it's totally fine to say that a two party system is, especially in this time of gridlock, is sometimes a hard thing to navigate", she replied.

"We. need to be sure that workers now employed in fossil fuel industries have higher-wage and better jobs available to them to be able to make this transition, and a federal jobs guarantee ensures that no worker is left behind", according to a summary of the plan.

"We are going to be pressuring all the 2020 contenders, especially the senators, to co-sponsor the bill", Stephen O'Hanlon, a spokesperson for the Sunrise Movement, a climate change group that staged a high-profile sit-in in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office in November which Ocasio-Cortez attended, told CBS News. Many of those new federal employees would presumably assist in the 14 major clean-energy-infrastructure projects the plan calls for.

Asked how the plan would be paid for, Ocasio-Cortez said it would be "the same way we paid for the original New Deal, World War II, the bank bailouts, tax cuts for the rich and decades of war - with public money appropriated by Congress".

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