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Sanders: 'Damn right we will' have a job for every American

Sanders: 'Damn right we will' have a job for every American

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Trump leaves changed nation in his wake Cori Bush dismisses concerns of being 'co-opted' by establishment The Memo: Biden prepares for sea of challenges MORE (I-Vt.) defended his calls for a universal jobs guarantee during Tuesday's Democratic primary debate, telling viewers that a Green New Deal he has advocated would create millions of jobs for Americans looking for work.

Questioned whether he was sure that the federal government could adequately provide jobs for all adults in the workforce, Sanders replied, "Damn right we will."

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“Damn right, we will," Sanders responded. "A Green New Deal that I have advocated for, will create 20 million new jobs as we move from fossil fuels to sustainability.”

Sanders is one of several contenders in the 2020 primary field who have endorsed a framework unveiled by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezFacebook has no current plan to end the Trump suspension New York court worker arrested, accused of threats related to inauguration Ocasio-Cortez: Facebook, Zuckerberg 'bear partial responsibility' for insurrection MORE (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed MarkeyEd MarkeyFive centrist Democrats oppose Pelosi for Speaker in tight vote David Sirota: Democrats gave away leverage in forcing vote on ,000 checks Sanders to slow down NDAA veto override in bid to get vote on K checks proposal MORE (D-Mass.), dubbed the Green New Deal.

Green New Deal intends to rapidly shift America's energy grid to sustainable forms of energy, while simultaneously upgrading U.S. infrastructure and implementing energy-efficient improvements to the U.S. transportation grid.

The plan, announced earlier this year, also included a federal jobs guarantee, which has drawn fire from Sanders's fellow 2020 contender Andrew YangAndrew YangYang to quarantine after campaign staffer tests positive for COVID-19 Andrew Yang sparks Twitter uproar with pro-bodega video Yang announces run for New York City mayor MORE, a supporter of a universal basic income (UBI).

Yang criticized Sanders's plan again Tuesday night, claiming that it did not take into account people like his wife, a stay-at-home mother who tends to the couple's sons, one of whom is autistic.