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

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandNow is the time for a US data protection agency The Hill's Campaign Report: Warren up, Bloomberg down after brutal debate Ginsburg, accepting lifetime achievement award, urges working fathers to take an active role in kids' lives 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-CortezOcasio-Cortez claps back after article on her dress: 'Sequins are a great accessory to universal healthcare' Democrats working to ensure Trump's second term Ocasio-Cortez announces slate of all-female congressional endorsements MORE (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyKennedy, Markey neck-and-neck in Massachusetts primary: poll Overnight Energy: EPA to regulate 'forever chemicals' in drinking water | Trump budget calls for slashing funds for climate science centers | House Dems urge banks not to fund drilling in Arctic refuge Democratic senators criticize plan that could expand Arctic oil and gas development MORE (D-Mass.). 

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