Push for “Green New Deal” Gains Steam in House

Long-serving Congressmember John Lewis has joined other lawmakers in supporting incoming New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s call for a Green New Deal. Lewis is the highest-profile congressmember so far to back Ocasio-Cortez’s resolution to create a bipartisan committee that would work on a plan to bring the U.S. to a carbon-neutral economy and adopt 100 percent renewable energy. The proposal for the committee also seeks to bar lawmakers who have accepted money from the fossil fuel industry. Other lawmakers who support the formation of the committee include Congressmembers Ro Khanna and Carolyn Maloney, as well as incoming Congressmembers Deb Haaland, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.