Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez opened her freshman orientation by joining a protest at Pelosi’s office.
She joined a sit-in in Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office calling for efforts to combat climate change: “We don’t have a choice.” As noted by The Daily Beast, the group wants Pelosi and House leadership to back a “Green New Deal,” a plan for a sustainable future that Ocasio-Cortez supported throughout her campaign.
NBC uses the word “Progressives” as code for Democratic socialists.
As Democrats prepare to push their agenda in the House and kick off the 2020 presidential campaign, progressive policy ideas that came to fore this year are going to come under the microscope like never before. https://t.co/Mz0dGSoQSH
— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 27, 2018
As Democrats prepare to push their agenda in the House and kick off the 2020 presidential campaign, progressive policy ideas that came to fore this year are going to come under the microscope like never before.
Once-obscure causes like abolishing ICE or the Green New Deal went viral among the grassroots, with help from rising stars in the party. Older proposals like single-payer health care broke into the mainstream and drew wider support from elected officials. Democrats weighing presidential runs unleashed a barrage of far-reaching bills of their own, from sweeping ethics legislation to giant tax cuts.
Expect major debates not only over how far the party should go, but how it should prioritize so many ambitious demands. Here are some of the policy fights to watch:
GREEN NEW DEAL
Riding into Washington as a phenomenon among young progressives, Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., immediately started putting her political capital to use by backing protesters calling for a Green New Deal.
The deal isn’t fully defined, but activists are generally seeking large-scale investments in renewable energy and a plan to implement them rapidly. As a first step, they’ve demanded that the House restart a select committee on climate change and come up with a blueprint to slash carbon emissions within a decade.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., the House minority leader and speaker nominee, is supportive, but the select committee’s role in relation to other Democrat-led committees could be a source of tension.
While not mutually exclusive, the movement in some ways rivals calls for a carbon tax to address climate change. Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Chris Coons, D-Del., unveiled a bipartisan bill for a revenue-neutral tax on emissions in December, pointing to another possible direction. More
We can laugh and make fun of them all we want; but in 2020, they could be positioned through voter fraud, illegal immigration, judicial activism, gerrymandering and redistricting, to seize total control of the government and completely destroy our country.
Same ideas but again used over again, but it’s left up to the voters which gives me almost no comfort whatsoever.