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Democrats blast Biden climate adviser over infrastructure remarks

Democrats blast Biden climate adviser over infrastructure remarks
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Congressional Democrats from the party’s centrist and left wings blasted comments by White House climate adviser Gina McCarthyGina McCarthyOvernight Energy: Company officially nixes Keystone XL pipeline | Government watchdog finds failings, but no Trump influence, in clearing of Lafayette Square Democrats blast Biden climate adviser over infrastructure remarks Democrat predicts 'big fight' over carbon pricing in the Senate MORE suggesting the White House was willing to remove climate measures from its infrastructure plan.

In an interview with Politico published Tuesday, McCarthy said that “while every piece like a clean electricity standard may not end [up] in the final version” of an infrastructure package, “we know that it is necessary, we know that the utilities want it, we are going to fight like crazy to make sure that it's in there. And then we're going to be open to a range of other investment strategies.”

Sen. Martin HeinrichMartin Trevor HeinrichFBI warns lawmakers of violence from QAnon conspiracy theorists Overnight Energy: Company officially nixes Keystone XL pipeline | Government watchdog finds failings, but no Trump influence, in clearing of Lafayette Square Democrats blast Biden climate adviser over infrastructure remarks MORE (D-N.M.) tweeted in response that a package “that goes light on climate and clean energy should not count on every Democratic vote.”

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHillary Clinton backs Shontel Brown in Ohio congressional race Ocasio-Cortez, Gillibrand and Moulton call for more high-speed rail funding in infrastructure package Pelosi picks Democrats for special panel tackling inequality MORE (D-N.Y.), who has been one of the highest-profile congressional backers of the Green New Deal and other ambitious climate policies, responded to Heinrich with a simple, “Yep.”

"[Senate Minority Leader] Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLoeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run Manchin opens door to supporting scaled-down election reform bill Pelosi, Schumer must appoint new commissioners to the CARES Act oversight panel MORE and the Koch brothers are not worth setting the planet on fire for. I know some Dems may disagree with me, but that’s my unpopular opinion of the day," she added.

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Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetPast criticism of Trump becomes potent weapon in GOP primaries Hillicon Valley: Big Tech critic Lina Khan named chair of the FTC | Lawmakers urge Biden to be tough on cyber during summit with Putin | TSA working on additional security regulations following Colonial Pipeline hack Senators introducing B bill to help narrow digital divide MORE (D-Colo.) also co-signed Heinrich’s tweet, saying, “I agree wholeheartedly with my friend.”

 

Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzSen. Manchin paves way for a telehealth revolution Democrats blast Biden climate adviser over infrastructure remarks Parliamentarian changes Senate calculus for Biden agenda MORE (D-Hawaii), meanwhile, tweeted that the content of the package was not within the White House’s purview to begin with.

Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.), an ally of Ocasio-Cortez, tweeted that the climate provisions of the bill are “literally a matter of life or death,” adding, “Our plan on climate needs to be built to sustain our planet, not the fossil fuel industry.”

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McCarthy herself tweeted that "we need to get this done" in reference to the climate provisions, adding, "That’s why  and let me quote this [Politico] article  'the White House [is] fighting to keep every piece' of the American Jobs Plan and deliver 'what is necessary to reach its climate target.'"

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McCarthy’s comments came the same day the White House announced an end to infrastructure negotiations with Sen. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoSenate confirms Radhika Fox to lead EPA's water office GAO rules Biden freeze on border wall funds legal How Biden can get the infrastructure bill through Congress MORE (R-W.Va.).

The White House has characterized climate and energy provisions in the package as a major stumbling block in talks with the West Virginia Republican. In a statement Friday, White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiBiden, Putin begin high-stakes summit in Geneva Bishops to debate banning communion for president Lawmakers urge Biden to be tough on cybersecurity during summit with Putin MORE specifically said Capito’s counteroffers have not met President BidenJoe BidenJapan to possibly ease COVID-19 restrictions before Olympics 14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday China supplies millions of vaccine doses to developing nations in Asia MORE’s “objectives to grow the economy, tackle the climate crisis, and create new jobs.”

Reached for comment, the White House referred The Hill to McCarthy's tweet.