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Ocasio-Cortez: Manchin Will Be ‘Huge Challenge' to Passing Green New Deal


Added 08-15-19 06:20:02pm EST - “Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.)? in an interview on Thursday said Sen. Joe Manchin's (D., W.Va.) role as chairman on the Senate Energy and Commerce Committee will make passing the Green New Deal a "huge challenge."” - Freebeacon.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Freebeacon.com: “Ocasio-Cortez: Manchin Will Be 'Huge Challenge' to Passing Green New Deal”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) in an interview on Thursday said Sen. Joe Manchin's (D., W.Va.) role as chairman on the Senate Energy and Commerce Committee will make passing the Green New Deal a "huge challenge."

Ocasio-Cortez sat down for an interview on Thursday with the liberal "Pod Save America" podcast, where she claimed Manchin will be a roadblock to solving the climate crisis. Jon Favreau, who served as a speechwriter for former president Barack Obama and currently co-hosts the podcast, said solving the climate crisis with the Green New Deal "requires a mass mobilization like we haven't seen since World War II and it requires it urgently."

"It requires it at a time when our political system is in crisis because one of our parties has been radicalized," Favreau said. "Where do we begin to make real progress on this when our best hope is Democratic president, 51 senators, no filibuster, and then you are still dealing with Joe Manchin?"

"It's a huge challenge, especially with Manchin as chairman of energy and commerce in the Senate. This is where I think a huge amount of public sentiment comes in and when we first introduced the resolution, one of the biggest critiques that we get on the left is that it's too much, it's too sweeping."

She went on to say the "entire system" in the United States is " incentivized to destroying our planet and the only home that we live on."

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