(Washington Post) Jeff Stein and David Weigel February 11 2019 Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is pushing for a debate on the substance of her Green New Deal resolution after her staff distributed an erroneous fact sheet regarding the proposal leading to confusion over a plan supported by many of the Democratic Partys leading candidates for president. Ocasio-Cortezs staff posted online and sent to reporters a list of frequently asked questions" about the Green New Deal. Those pages included language and policies not included in the resolution itself such as providing economic security to those unwilling to work" and ruling out nuclear power as part of the solution to the climate crisis. More than 70 House Democrats and 12 Senate Democrats have backed Ocasio-Cortez in unveiling the Green New Deal resolution calling for a massive jobs program to stave off climate change aiming for an enormous investment in clean renewable and zero-emission energy sources" over the next 10 years. Declared presidential candidates Sens. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) have pledged their support for the resolution text of the Green New Deal as has expected candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). None of the lawmakers or candidates signed off on the FAQ which was prepared by Ocasio-Cortezs staff to explain the separate Green New Deal resolution but was accidentally released prematurely with unfinished language.
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