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Senate Democrats' campaign arm taps Ossoff to chair environmental council

Senate Democrats' campaign arm taps Ossoff to chair environmental council
© Greg Nash

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) is tapping Sen. Jon OssoffJon OssoffThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden launches blitz for jobs plan with 'thank you, Georgia' Biden marks 100th day plugging jobs plan in Georgia Georgia Republican secretary of state hits Loeffler as 'weak,' 'fake Trumper' MORE (D-Ga.) to chair its Blue Green Council, which will work to build support in the energy and clean tech sector for Senate candidates.

The decision to tap Ossoff comes as Democrats push forward a sweeping infrastructure plan in Congress, which includes an array of clean energy measures. 

“Clean energy investments mean good paying jobs to Michiganders, Georgians and all Americans. I'm excited that Jon will be leading our effort to maintain and grow a Democratic Majority that shares his commitment to tackling climate change, protecting our environment and creating American jobs" said DSCC Chairman Gary PetersGary PetersHillicon Valley: DOJ to review cyber challenges | Gaetz, House Republicans want to end funding for postal service surveillance | TikTok gets new CEO Senators introduce bipartisan bill to protect personal travel data Hillicon Valley: Acting FTC chair urges Congress to revive agency authority after Supreme Court ruling | Senate Intel panel working on breach notification bill MORE (D-Mich.). “We have an important task ahead of us and I know Jon and the Blue Green Council will be key partners in 2022 in this fight.”

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In his role atop the committee, which was founded in 2013, Ossoff will reach out to leaders in “business, science, and technological innovation” to build support for Democratic candidates as the party looks to defend its razor-thin majority.

“America can and must lead the world in clean energy production, scientific and technological innovation, and environmental sustainability,” said Ossoff. “At stake are American competitiveness, security, and health, and humanity’s capacity to flourish without destroying our habitat. The Blue Green Council will convene leaders in business and science to support this historic industrial and technological effort.” 

Ossoff will likely work to tout Democrats’ efforts to push through new environmental initiatives in their $2.3 trillion infrastructure package.

Republicans say that the American Jobs Plan could cost jobs. 

Democrats are currently fielding a $568 billion proposal from Republicans. The party has previously warned that they could try to muscle through their plan themselves if they deem the GOP package insufficient.

An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll released this month found that 56 percent of registered voters approve of the plan from President BidenJoe BidenBiden to meet with 6 GOP senators next week Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit On The Money: Five takeaways on a surprisingly poor jobs report | GOP targets jobless aid after lackluster April gain MORE, but that figure drops to 51 percent among independents and just 18 percent among Republicans.

Ossoff is taking the helm of the council at a time when Democrats hold the narrowest Senate majority in years. The party controls the 50-50 upper chamber due only to Vice President Harris’s tie-breaking vote, and a net flip of one seat for the GOP would hand Republicans control of the Senate.