Steyer says proposed Green New Deal is a 'first draft'

Democratic mega-donor Tom Steyer praised Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez's (D-N.Y.) proposed Green New Deal in an interview that aired Wednesday on Hill.TV, but said many changes would likely be made to the proposal. 

"I think she's done us a signal service by coming up with a plan that is larger enough to fit the problem that it's meant to solve," Steyer told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball on "Rising."

"I think she and [Sen.] Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeySens. Markey, Cruz clash over coronavirus relief: 'It's not a goddamn joke Ted' Sanders offers bill to tax billionaires' wealth gains during pandemic Senate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic MORE [D-Mass.] would agree it's a first draft," he continued. "They're putting something forward, and of course there are going to be many iterations," he said. 

"But I think she's done something really important, which is to reframe how big that problem is, and to make the point that incremental thinking is not going to solve that problem," he said. "

The deal, which was introduced by Ocasio-Cortez and Markey last month, aims to for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in the United States while creating millions of “good, high-wage jobs." 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel (R-Ky.) plans to force a vote on the resolution, which has no chance of passing through the upper chamber, in the coming weeks. 

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerTo save the Postal Service, bring it online White House officials, Democrats spar over legality, substance of executive orders Schumer declines to say whether Trump executive orders are legal: They don't 'do the job' MORE (D-N.Y.) slammed McConnell for the move on Wednesday, saying it was a "diversion" from actually having a debate on climate change. 

— Julia Manchester