Green New Deal Has 2020 Dems On Board, But Party Leaders Tread Lightly

Green New Deal Has 2020 Dems On Board, But Party Leaders Tread Lightly .

While Democratic 2020 candidates have rushed to sign on to the Green New Deal, party leaders are extending a more cautious level of support to the landmark carbon-slashing infrastructure plan.

The six-page proposal that freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) formally unveiled Thursday outlines plans to cut global greenhouse gas emissions 40 to 60 percent from 2010 levels by 2030 and to reduce human-caused greenhouse gases to net zero by 2050.

Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), has had a more tempered response, emphasizing that there will be other resolutions on the table to consider.

“It will be one of several or maybe many suggestions that we receive,” she told Politico in an interview Wednesday. “The green dream, or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they’re for it, right?” she continued, which may have been a swipe more at 2020 candidates looking to score points than at the resolution itself.

Speaking to reporters at her weekly news conference the next day, Pelosi said she still hadn’t viewed the finalized plan but was “excited” about it. “I welcome the Green New Deal and any other proposals,” she said.

Assistant House Speaker Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), who is on a newly formed select committee on combating climate change, also stopped short of embracing the proposal.

Spokespeople for House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) and House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (N.Y.) did not return requests for comment on the Green New Deal.

As for the Senate, none of the party’s leaders have given their support to the Green New Deal or replied to inquiries about it.

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