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 LewisLiberals surprised by tax vote vow to kill 'Free File' provision House passes bill to modernize IRS The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump looks to get tougher on border with Nielsen out 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 BlumenauerDem says marijuana banking bill will get House vote this spring On The Money: House Dem says marijuana banking bill will get vote in spring | Buttigieg joins striking Stop & Shop workers | US home construction slips in March | Uber gets B investment for self-driving cars Great challenges require great vision MORE (Ore.), Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn Bosher MaloneySenate bill seeks to bring freedom back to banking Dems challenge bank CEOs on post-crisis reforms Carole King lobbies lawmakers in support of bill to protect the Rockies 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) KhannaEnvironmentalists see victory with Green New Deal blitz Hillicon Valley: Washington preps for Mueller report | Barr to hold Thursday presser | Lawmakers dive into AI ethics | FCC chair moves to block China Mobile | Dem bill targets 'digital divide' | Microsoft denies request for facial recognition tech Lawmakers, tech set for clash over AI 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 Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiSenate Republicans tested on Trump support after Mueller End of Mueller shifts focus to existing probes Democrats renew attacks on Trump attorney general 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.