Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has blamed the influx of immigrants on climate change just hours after arguing the US would have "blood on its hands" for failing to act on global warming.
Kerry took the opportunity to highlight the work Ocasio-Cortez, a freshman Democrat has put into the deal.
First, he asked Comer what plans Republicans have contributed to the efforts to curb emissions and prepare for the effects of climate change. "But in proposing what she has proposed, together with Senator [Ed] Markey, Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez has in fact offered more leadership in one day or in one week than President Trump has in his lifetime on this subject", Kerry said.
The new climate change initiative, announced in February, would establish a 10-year framework meant to increase environmental sustainability in a job-friendly way.
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Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn underlined that one of the options was narrowly defeated and could be voted on again. However, party chairman Ian Lavery is reported to have warned against the idea, arguing that it could split the party.
Earlier Tuesday, Ocasio-Cortez discussed the role of global warming and national security at a House Oversight Committee hearing with John Kerry, the former Secretary of State, and Chuck Hagel, the former Secretary of Defense. "I don't know if you're allowed to agree with that Secretary Kerry or Secretary Hagel, but would you agree with that assessment?"
In response to a question about Ocasio-Cortez urging her almost 4 million followers to "pause" donations to the DCCC if it "blacklists" radical Democratic primary challengers, DCCC Chair Rep. Cheri Bustos took a moment to put Ocasio-Cortez in her place, saying her strategy "worked so well that we had record fundraising numbers in the first quarter".
Ocasio-Cortez and her chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti secured majority control of Justice Democrats PAC in December 2017, archived copies of the group's website reveal, and it may have continued as an arm of her campaign, according to corporate filings obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. When the two announced the deal Ocasio-Cortez called it a "major watershed moment".
However, it has been criticized by many, including by some Democrats, for being too ambitious and too expensive.