Rep. John LewisJohn LewisHouse Democrats unveil legislation to curtail presidential power Michelle Obama looks to mobilize voters for midterms Harris, CBC put weight behind activist-led National Black Voter Day 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.
In addition to Lewis, Democratic Reps. Earl BlumenauerEarl BlumenauerPhotos of the Week: Renewable energy, gymnast testimonies and a Met Gala dress Bottom line American workers need us to get this pandemic under control around the world MORE (Ore.), Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn MaloneyHouse panel to examine states' abortion restrictions, hear from three congresswomen who've had abortions Overnight Defense & National Security: US-Australian sub deal causes rift with France Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Emissions heading toward pre-pandemic levels 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 & National Security — Presented by AM General — Rocky US alliances as Biden heads to UN assembly Groups push lawmakers to use defense bill to end support for Saudis in Yemen civil war Equilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by The American Petroleum Institute — Dems demand accounting from Big Oil 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 PelosiDemocrats seek to cool simmering tensions Louisiana delegation split over debt hike bill with disaster aid House Democrats unveil legislation to curtail presidential power 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.