House Speaker Nancy Pelosi does not commit to a Green New Deal vote by progressive lawmakers, saying Congress needs something that is "evidence-based" .
The expansionist Green New Deal proposal was recently advanced by young student Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., and Senator Ed Markey, D-Mass. It focuses on the income inequality and climate change of clean and renewable energy – but also a host of ambitious economic programs, including guaranteed jobs.
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But if the plan was adopted by many candidates in the Democratic presidential election of 2020, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle raised questions about its multibillion-dollar price tag and the logistics of its implementation.
"I can not say that we are going to take this and adopt it because we have to examine our checks and balances with the chairs of our committees and others," said Pelosi, D-Calif. Green New Deal, once again a note of caution on the plan.
"We welcome all the enthusiasm that people want to put on the table, and the Green New Deal is one of them, but we have to operate in a way that makes sense. Based on current evidence and data, "she continued.
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Pelosi said House Democrats and committee leaders would be more inclined to develop legislation to tackle climate change and other issues embedded in the Green New Deal, rather than in the resolution that, in its current form, is non-binding.
When setting up the proposal, Mr Pelosi said that it was one of the many "suggestions" that leaders would receive.
"The green dream or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they agree for that, right?" Pelosi told Politico earlier this month.
Pelosi's comments come as several moderate Democrats have expressed concerns about the plan.
The whip of the majority of the House, Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Said that after reading the resolution, he had asked Markey, "What is it that it?
"At this point, I'll be – I can not tell you," to be honest with you. I read it and read it again. And I asked Ed Markey what's in the … what's that ?? Durbin said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe". "He says it's an aspiration, you know, it's an aspiration for resolution.
Meanwhile, Ocasio-Cortez presents this plan as the only thing that can prevent the world from "dying now".
"The principle of the Green New Deal is that we are screwed to the climate. I'm sorry to tell you about it, "she said in an Instagram Live video over the weekend, while acknowledging that the resolution itself would have little effect as it is not binding.
"If we call for a vote on the Green New Deal … nothing will happen!" She said. "Literally, nothing would happen because it's a resolution. It's a statement. That be solved. It is we who accept a statement. Not a binding action plan. "
Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Is considering forcing the vote on the Green New Deal, with the goal of forcing Democrats to officially make their proposal known.
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"I have noted with great interest the Green New Deal," McConnell said earlier this month. "And we will vote on this in the Senate. We will give everyone the opportunity to go on the record and see what he thinks about the Green New Deal. "
The presidential candidates of 2020 as Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif .; Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass .; Cory Booker, D-N.J .; Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y .; and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., expressed their support and would be obliged to continue to testify with this support if McConnell held the vote.
Adam Shaw of Fox News contributed to this story.