The Latest: Ocasio-Cortez claims good rapport with Pelosi





WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on congressional Democrats and proposals to address climate change (all times local):

1:45 p.m.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says she is on good terms with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and won't let climate change divide Democrats.

The New York freshman lawmaker was one of the sponsors at Thursday's unveiling of a Green New Deal resolution on controlling climate change. Hours earlier, Pelosi said she had not yet read the Green New Deal.

Ocasio-Cortez said she was not offended that Pelosi called the resolution "the green dream." She said she doesn't "consider that to be a dismissive term."

Ocasio-Cortez also downplayed her absence from a select panel studying climate change. She said Pelosi asked her to serve on the committee, but she declined because it focuses on investigations.

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

___

11:50 a.m.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she welcomes "the enthusiasm" of backers of a Green New Deal, but she stopped short of supporting it.

She spoke Thursday, shortly before Democrats, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, unveiled legislation aimed at combating climate change and creating jobs in renewable energy.

The California Democrat told reporters she hadn't seen the proposal. But she welcomes "the enthusiasm that is there."

Pelosi said, "I welcome the new deal and any other proposals." She said she wants to hear from a newly established select committee on climate change, which will consider options not named in the Green New Deal. Ocasio-Cortez is not on the panel.

__

11 a.m.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tapped eight Democrats to serve on a special committee to address climate change. The new panel does not include Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, who is calling for a Green New Deal to transform the U.S. economy to combat climate change.

Pelosi said Reps. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico, Suzanne Bonamici of Oregon, Joe Neguse of Colorado, Donald McEachin of Virginia and Sean Casten of Illinois will serve on the panel, along with three Californians: Julia Brownley, Jared Huffman and Mike Levin.

The panel will be chaired by Rep. Kathy Castor of Florida, who was chosen in December.

Pelosi said the new panel, which also will include six Republicans, "will be vital in advancing ambitious progress for our planet."

__

6:11 a.m.

Democrats including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York are calling for a Green New Deal intended to transform the U.S. economy to combat climate change and create thousands of jobs in renewable energy.

The freshman lawmaker and veteran Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts are teaming up on the plan.

A joint resolution drafted by them and expected to be introduced Thursday sets a goal to meet all power demand in the U.S. through clean, renewable and zero-emission energy sources by 2030. Use of wind and solar power would be dramatically increased under the plan.

The Green New Deal goes far beyond the Clean Power Plan proposed by President Barack Obama.

President Donald Trump has scrapped Obama's plan. Trump and the Republican-controlled Senate are likely to oppose this one, too.

COMMENTS

More Related News

Swedish climate activist Thunberg admits she might be
Swedish climate activist Thunberg admits she might be 'very naive'
  • World
  • 2019-04-19 15:56:38Z

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg wants to fix climate change and hopes for world peace, but acknowledges that she might be being "very naive". Thunberg, 16, has brought her campaign against rising global temperatures to Rome this week, meeting Pope Francis, addressing Italian parliamentarians and joining a student protest on Friday in a city-center square. Thunberg shot to prominence last August with weekly sit-ins on the cobblestones in front of Stockholm's Parliament House with her "school strike for climate" sign.

New York City embraces pillar of AOC
New York City embraces pillar of AOC's Green New Deal, passing building emissions bill

New York City Council passes legislation that sets new building standards and aims to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 40% over 10 years.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: I invited Barr to the Bronx to talk climate change. He said no.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: I invited Barr to the Bronx to talk climate change. He said no.

Ocasio-Cortez continued to tease a Kentucky Republican lawmaker for backpedaling on his invitation for her to visit the Bluegrass State.

Pelosi, Schumer Call on Mueller to Testify Publicly Over
Pelosi, Schumer Call on Mueller to Testify Publicly Over 'Partisan' Handling of Mueller Report

The Democratic leaders in the House and Senate called Thursday for Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify publicly before Congress in response to what they called Attorney General William Barr's "regrettably partisan handling" of Mueller's final report on the Russia investigation.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer requested in a joint statement that the special counsel testify to both chambers "as soon as possible.""Attorney General Barr's regrettably partisan handling of the Mueller report, including his slanted March 24th summary letter, his irresponsible testimony before Congress last week, and his indefensible plan to spin the...

Rich vs poor: Donations row shatters French unity over Notre-Dame
Rich vs poor: Donations row shatters French unity over Notre-Dame

France's culture minister pleaded Thursday for an end to the controversy over the 850 million euros (950 million dollars) pledged to restore Notre-Dame cathedral, which critics have suggested would be better spent on the poor. Some of France's biggest companies and billionaires, including luxury goods tycoons Francois-Henri Pinault and Bernard Arnault, have pledged amounts of 100 million euros or more to rebuild the landmark after it was gutted by fire on Monday evening. The vast sums have drawn fire in a country where wealth inequality and the plight of the low-income households have been highlighted during five months of demonstrations by "yellow vest" protesters.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Earnings

facebook
Hit "Like"
Don't miss any important news
Thanks, you don't need to show me this anymore.