House Republicans held a press conference Thursday demanding that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) hold hearings on the Green New Deal resolution, proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). They also wrote a letter to Pelosi outlining their concerns with the resolution and calling for a hearing to investigate those concerns.
Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), the GOP leader on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said that the proposal “threatens the entire United States economy and it stretches into every corner of American life.”
“From one-size-fits-all government-run healthcare to federal job and wage growth guarantees to federally-mandated building upgrades,” he said, “to 100 percent zero-emission energy in just 10 years, and not only do we see this as unrealistic, we fear it can put the American dream out of reach for millions of Americans.”
Walden said holding hearings on the matter would allow a serious look at the cost of these proposals.
“Let’s let the American people have a say and a view on these policies,” he emphasized. “How Democrats should stand behind their proposals and give the American people the chance to learn what they are really about. Democrats and their allies dispute the various estimates that show the Green New Deal costs $93 trillion.”