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Ocasio-Cortez announces new plan for Green New Deal

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said Tuesday that her Green New Deal resolution is being broken up into pieces of legislation that would be introduced separately on the House floor.

Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks: “One of the things I think is really exciting the legislation that we are planning on introducing is not one broad-sweeping piece of legislation. We are breaking it up into parts,” she told the Washington Examiner.

The Green New Deal is a broad proposal aimed at addressing climate change and income inequality. It was introduced by Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) in February of this year. The proposal calls for the elimination of carbon emissions for all the major sectors of the economy in 10 years. Others goals include creating more jobs and boost the economy.

The story: Lawmakers are currently drafting different bills, each addressing a specific issue that the Green New Deal aims to resolve, said Ocasio-Cortez. One of the first steps toward implementing the “Green New Deal” will be a measure focused on the transition to electric vehicles and this month, the New York congresswoman will introduce a “Green New Deal housing plan,” that lays out how the US could fully transition to carbon-neutral buildings.

“We are really excited about it. That’s going to be dropping this month, and it’s going to be really a focus on buildings, which is one of the three major industries we have to focus on when it comes to reducing carbon emissions,” said Ocasio-Cortez.