Published: Sun, November 17, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Benie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Unveil Green New Deal for Public Housing

Benie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Unveil Green New Deal for Public Housing

"And in the process of decarbonizing the public housing stock we are going to put hundreds of thousands of people to work in good paying jobs and giving that preference to public housing residents", Ocasio-Cortez said. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., announced a $180 billion plan to retrofit and fix public housing as part of the Green New Deal, including solar panels.

The bill is the socialist lawmakers' newest announcement on how they plan to overhaul the economy and vastly expand the government, using climate change and economic inequality as justification. "Importantly, the working people who have been most impacted by decades of disinvestment in public housing will be empowered to lead this effort and share in the economic prosperity that it generates for our country", said Sanders in a statement.

"At the end of the day, we have to be able to come together as a caucus, and if it is this Ukrainian allegation that is what brings the caucus together, then I think we have to run with however we unify the House", Ocasio-Cortez told Wolf Blitzer, who asked the Congresswoman whether she hoped other potential violations by Trump would be considered in any articles of impeachment.

"It's not just what we're trying to accomplish, but how we're trying to accomplish it", she said.

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In April, New York City passed a sweeping climate plan similar to the national Green New Deal that would require New York's largest residential and commercial buildings to reduce carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2040 and 80 percent by 2050. In order to be president or vice president, the person running must be 35-years-old.

In addition to this bill, Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., along with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., endorsed the bill.

Republicans attacked the bill as unworkable and expensive.

Data for Progress provided a separate report on how the proposal would impact New York's public housing, which is managed by the New York City Housing Authority, and is in such dire conditions it faces a $31.5 billion fix backlog, according to a report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The legislation is expected to create almost 250,000 good-paying, union jobs per year across the country while reducing carbon emissions on the scale of taking 1.2 million cars off the road over the next ten years.

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