John Lewis joins Ocasio-Cortez on climate change push

John Lewis joins Ocasio-Cortez on climate change push
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Rep. John LewisJohn LewisRichmond renames street after tennis trailblazer Arthur Ashe Sanders: Biden 'owes the country an apology' on 'civility' remarks John Lewis defends Biden: 'I don't think the remarks are offensive' MORE (D-Ga.) is among a new group of lawmakers pledging support for incoming Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-N.Y.) proposed plan to address climate change.

Lewis is the most high-profile lawmaker to back Ocasio-Cortez's call for a "Green New Deal," which calls for Democrats to craft a climate action plan that pushes for a 100 percent renewable energy economy.

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In addition to Lewis, Democratic Reps. Earl BlumenauerEarl BlumenauerDemocrats give Trump trade chief high marks On The Money: S&P hits record as stocks rally on Fed cut hopes | Facebook's new cryptocurrency raises red flags for critics | Internal IRS watchdog rips agency's taxpayer service | Apple seeks tariff relief First major 'Medicare for All' hearing sharpens attacks on both sides MORE (Ore.), Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn Bosher MaloneyCracks form in Democratic dam against impeachment US women's soccer team reignites equal pay push New York congresswoman calls for helicopter ban after fatal crash MORE (N.Y.), José Serrano (N.Y.), as well as Reps.-elect Joe Neguse (Colo.), and Ayanna Pressley (Mass.) also just signed onto the proposal, according to Sunrise Movement, an environmental activist group.

Varshini Prakash, the founder of Sunrise Movement, said in a statement that the group is "honored" to have Lewis's support for the plan.

“Few can better understand the relentless work to push our nation to achieve it’s highest ideals than John Lewis," Prakash said. "He knows that disrupting the status quo is how change happens. His activism and integrity inspire us to believe we can win."

Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaOvernight Defense: Trump says he doesn't need exit strategy with Iran | McConnell open to vote on Iran war authorization | Senate panel advances bill to restrict emergency arms sales Bipartisan House duo unveils amendment to block Iran strike without Congress's approval Sanders unveils student debt plan amid rivalry with Warren MORE (D-Calif.) and incoming Reps. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) have also backed the plan, according to Politico.

Last week, Ocasio-Cortez joined members of the youth-led groups Sunrise Movement and Justice Democrats for a sit-in outside of House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSenate passes .5 billion border bill, setting up fight with House Pelosi: Congress will receive election security briefing in July Trump says he spoke to Pelosi, McConnell on border package MORE's (D-Calif.) office on Capitol Hill, where the protesters called for action on climate change.

Activists have called Pelosi's plan to revive the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming a "toothless" proposal. They say restarting the committee doesn't go far enough and are calling for the committee to push for an ambitious agenda to address climate change.

In addition to transitioning to a 100 percent renewable energy economy, the "Green New Deal" would also include building a national "smart" grid, making "green" technology a major export for the U.S. and decarbonizing the manufacturing and agricultural industries.