Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez released an overview of her “Green New Deal” on Thursday – and had it swiftly knocked down by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Ocasio-Cortez teamed up with Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts on the policy, which aims to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in 10 years and create thousands of jobs in renewable energy.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Politico that it’s just a “suggestion” and one of “many” the caucus is likely to receive on green energy.
“The green dream or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they’re for it right?” she said in an interview with Politico, mocking the democratic socialist’s effort.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the members for the special climate committee on Thursday, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was excluded.
Despite the optics, Ocasio-Cortez said at a news conference that it was “not a snub,” instead, she said she declined Pelosi’s invitation to join the panel.
Nancy Pelosi was the first to say that she invited the newly-elected lawmaker to participate in the bipartisan select committee and was rebuffed.
“She did in fact invite me to be on the committee,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “So I don’t think this is a snub. I don’t think it is anything like that.”