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 MarkeyUS must act as journalists continue to be jailed in record numbers Warren proposes 'Blue New Deal' to protect oceans There's a lot to like about the Senate privacy bill, if it's not watered down 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 SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTurf war derails bipartisan push on surprise medical bills Senate confirms Trump's nominee to lead FDA CEO group pushes Trump, Congress on paid family, medical leave 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