Progressives set sights on Civilian Climate Corps program: exclusive

Progressives set sights on Civilian Climate Corps program: exclusive

A progressive environmental group plans to focus its advocacy around President BidenJoe BidenOvernight Defense: Senate panel adds B to Biden's defense budget | House passes bill to streamline visa process for Afghans who helped US | Pentagon confirms 7 Colombians arrested in Haiti leader's killing had US training On The Money: Senate braces for nasty debt ceiling fight | Democrats pushing for changes to bipartisan deal | Housing prices hit new high in June Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill to hold platforms accountable for misinformation during health crises | Website outages hit Olympics, Amazon and major banks MORE’s proposal to create conservation and reforestation jobs, according to a strategy memo obtained by The Hill. 

The youth-led Sunrise Movement will be pushing for a Civilian Climate Corps (CCC) — similar to the New Deal-era Civilian Conservation Corps — which Biden backs. But the group says the $10 billion investment the president wants to make is not enough.

“As currently proposed, Biden’s Civilian Climate Corps is insufficient compared to the scale of the climate and jobs crises we face,” the memo said. “Our movement is fighting for a CCC that meets the moment and creates 1.5 million jobs over five years and trains a new workforce for long term careers in good, union jobs stopping the climate crisis.”

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Sunrise Movement is pushing for a version of the program that was introduced in a bill by Sen. Ed MarkeyEd MarkeyEquilibrium/ Sustainability — Presented by NextEra Energy — Olympics medals made of mashed up smartphones Lawmakers urge Biden to make 'bold decisions' in nuclear review OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Democrats lay out vision for Civilian Climate Corps | Manchin to back controversial public lands nominee | White House details environmental justice plan MORE (D-Mass.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezEx-Rep. Abby Finkenauer running for Senate in Iowa Omar reflects on personal experiences with hate in making case for new envoy Equilibrium/ Sustainability — Presented by NextEra Energy — West Coast wildfires drive East Coast air quality alerts MORE (D-N.Y.) that would put more than $100 billion into the program over five years.

The group said that it plans to organize on Capitol Hill alongside the two lawmakers and other “champions” to fight for “robust funding and passage of the CCC.”

In addition, it plans to launch digital campaigns, marches and actions targeted at Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBiden administration stokes frustration over Canada Schumer blasts McCarthy for picking people who 'supported the big lie' for Jan. 6 panel Biden's belated filibuster decision: A pretense of principle at work MORE (D-N.Y.) as well as Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayTech executives increased political donations amid lobbying push Schumer, Tim Scott lead as Senate fundraising pace heats up Sunday shows preview: As delta variant spreads, US leaders raise concerns MORE (D-Wash.) and Rep. Bobby ScottRobert (Bobby) Cortez ScottNow is the time to end the subminimum wage for people with disabilities House passes bill to ease standards for age discrimination cases House to take big step on eliminating Trump-era rules MORE (D-Va.), who chair their chambers’ committees that deal with labor issues.

“By prioritizing this fight above everything else Sunrise is doing in the next month, we can win a bigger Civilian Climate Corps and ensure the American Jobs Plan that passes is the strongest legislation possible to lay the groundwork for the decade of the Green New Deal,” the memo concludes. 

Biden has pitched his investment in the program as part of his infrastructure package, which is undergoing negotiations with Republicans.