Gillibrand says she thinks 'Green New Deal' can gain bipartisan support

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandMaloney primary challenger calls on her to return, donate previous campaign donations from Trump Senate confirms controversial circuit court nominee She Should Run launches initiative to expand number of women in political process MORE (D-N.Y.) on Monday said that she believes the "Green New Deal" can gain bipartisan support in Congress.

Gillibrand said during an interview on "CBS This Morning" that the Green New Deal has "three things" that can garner support on both sides of the aisle: infrastructure, jobs, and clean air and water.


"These are not new ideas. It is infrastructure, which is wildly bipartisan. More money for mass transit, more money for electric grids, more money for rural water supplies. Roads, bridges, everything," she said. "The second piece is jobs. It’s all about training people to do wind, solar, geothermal, hydropower, biofuels."

"And the third part of the Green New Deal is clean air and clean water, and I can’t think of a more universal issue," she added.

Gillibrand, who has formed an exploratory committee for a presidential bid and has said she is running, added that the "thing we all have in common" is that "we love our children."

"We don’t want our children to be poisoned by the water they drink or the air that they breathe," she said.

The Green New Deal seeks to shift the U.S. to renewable energy in an effort to fight climate change.

The plan was introduced into Congress last month by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOn The Money: Trump appeals to Supreme Court to keep tax returns from NY prosecutors | Pelosi says deal on new NAFTA 'imminent' | Mnuchin downplays shutdown threat | Trump hits Fed after Walmart boasts strong earnings Overnight Energy: Perry replacement faces Ukraine questions at hearing | Dem chair demands answers over land agency's relocation | Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders unveil 0B Green New Deal public housing plan Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez drum up support for Green New Deal public housing plan MORE (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyOvernight Defense: Families sue over safety hazards at Army base | Lawmakers, NBA's Enes Kanter speak out ahead of Erdoğan visit | Washington braces for public impeachment hearings NBA's Enes Kanter speaks out against Erdoğan ahead of White House visit Democrats unifying against Joe Kennedy Senate bid MORE (D-Mass.). 

Republicans have so far attacked the plan, with some members of the GOP casting it as a socialist proposal.