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AOC, Markey reintroduce Green New Deal proposal aimed at climate change, economic injustice

AOC, Markey reintroduce Green New Deal proposal aimed at climate change, economic injustice

WASHINGTON – Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey have reintroduced the Green New Deal, the sweeping climate change and economic justice plan that Republicans have used to paint Democrats as radical socialists.

The proposal is a redux of the same resolution the two lawmakers introduced in 2019, calling not just for a decarbonization of the economy but also a fundamental reshaping of the nation's social safety net to steer substantially more government help to low-income and minority communities.

The 10-year mobilization plan calls for free higher education for all Americans, "affordable, safe, and adequate" housing, an expansion of millions more union jobs, and high-quality health care.

"Not only do we refuse to leave any community behind but those who have been left behind come first," Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said during a Capitol Hill news conference Tuesday. "We're going to transition to a 100% carbon-free economy that is more unionized, more just, more dignified and that guarantees more health care and housing than we're ever had before. That's our goal."

Although the resolution has more than 100 co-sponsors in the House, there's no indication congressional leaders in either chamber will bring it to the floor for a vote any time soon.

The reintroduction of the measure comes the same week President Joe Biden will host 40 world leaders for a virtual climate summit on Thursday and Friday. The summit will include Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron and Saudi King Salman.

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