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Democratic Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY talks with reporters as she arrives for a class photo with incoming newly elected members of the U.S. House of Representatives on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., November 14, 2018.

The legislation is already backed by more than 40 House Democrats, Bloomberg reports, including House Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern.

"We welcome the enthusiasm that is there with the Green New Deal", Pelosi said Thursday at a news conference.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is set to release her much-touted Green New Deal on Thursday - a package of far-reaching, big-government proposals like health care for all, federal job guarantees and a push to eliminate USA carbon emissions - but it's already receiving shade from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). "Quite frankly I haven't seen it, but I do know it's enthusiastic, and we welcome all the enthusiasms that are out there".

There was a call for more public transportation, electric vehicles, and high-speed rail, and giving the public "appropriate ownership stakes and returns on investment".

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

Pelosi also told reporters that on Wednesday she appointed members to the newly formed House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.

Greg Carlock, Green New Deal director of think tank Data for Progress, said lawmakers who seek middle ground policies that fall short of Green New Deal goals will lose youth support in future elections.

The ding by Pelosi comes just as Ocasio-Cortez and Sen.

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 IL will serve on the panel, along with three Californians: Julia Brownley, Jared Huffman and Mike Levin. She said she doesn't "consider that to be a dismissive term".

The panel will be chaired by Rep. Kathy Castor of Florida, who was chosen in December. Ed Markey, D-Mass., unveiled their Green New Deal resolution, broad legislation - modeled after New Deal-era programs - that promotes a significantly expanded federal role in reducing USA greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050.

She and Sen. Ed Markey, Massachusetts Democrat, introduced non-binding resolutions in the House and Senate calling for a "10-year national mobilization" on 14 projects aimed at achieving "zero-net greenhouse-gas emissions through a fair and just transition for all communities and workers".

The broad outline called for meeting 100 percent of USA power demand through clean and renewable energy, as well as upgrading "all existing buildings in the United States" to achieve maximum "energy efficiency, water efficiency, safety, affordability, comfort, and durability". Use of wind and solar power would be dramatically increased under the plan.

The Green New Deal proposal is named after President Franklin Roosevelt's sweeping "New Deal" economic and labor reforms during the Great Depression.

President Donald Trump has scrapped Obama's plan.

The Green New Deal also blames climate change for "racial injustices" by acting as "a threat multiplier".



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