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Biggest obstacle to passage of Green New Deal? Democratic lawmakers


Added 03-16-19 01:11:02am EST - “Democrats agree that climate change needs to be addressed. Pronto. But they're divided on if Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez' Green New Deal is the answer.” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “Biggest obstacle to passage of Green New Deal? Democratic lawmakers”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

WASHINGTON – If the Green New Deal came up for a vote in the Democrat-controlled House, it would have trouble passing.

Party moderates leading a new climate change panel said Thursday they can't support the ambitious resolution led by liberal firebrand Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that calls not only for combating the environmental crisis but also champions broad social reforms such as free housing, medical coverage and higher education for all Americans.

Reps. Don Beyer, D-Va., Sean Casten, D-Ill., Elaine Luria, D-Va., and Susan Wild, D-Pa, the four co-chairs of the New Democrat Coalition's Climate Change Task Force, said they oppose the Green New Deal as currently written.

More than 100 of the 235 House Democrats are part of the coalition, including 17 on the climate panel.

All four, speaking to reporters during a Capitol Hill news conference, said they applaud the attention the Green New Deal has brought to the issue and support its intent but don't see it as a realistic solution.

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