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House Dems Split Over Green New Deal

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. (Kevin Hagen/AP)

By    |   Monday, 01 July 2019 05:46 PM

Although many newer members of Congress have been pushing for the Green New Deal in an effort to combat Climate Change, the Democratic committee leadership is trying to change the focus away from the progressive bill.

This is what Rep. Kevin Hern, R-Okla., told Newsmax last week.

"The Speaker has lost control of her caucus," the freshman congressman said flatly, referring to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

The topic of the Green New Deal came up amid debate on Hern's amendments, all of which have been struck down by the Democratic majority in the Appropriations Committee.

The amendments would have prohibited government resources to be used to collect carbon taxes. They were introduced by Rep. Hern to ensure costs of gas do not rise and to protect Oklahoma's economy, 30 percent of which relies on fossil fuels.

Much of our conversation with the congressman turned to the Green New Deal, which he said would lead to a loss of two million high-paying jobs and $15 billion of revenue in his state.

"[House Democrats] don't truly understand the impact of fossil fuels," Hern emphasized.

Hern also spoke about the little-reported internal struggles within the Democratic Caucus.

More traditional Democrats, he emphasized, realize the United States is built on incremental changes, and not the "holistic changes" some of the newer lawmakers strive for.

Hern also pointed out to Newsmax how the Democratic majority leadership is having difficulty reigning in the newer policies of the freshman class, such as the Green New Deal, which is set to cost $92 trillion.

The more senior members of the Democratic caucus, he told us, are "trying to reign the Green New Deal in."

In the 115th Congress, the proportion of amendments ruled in order by the House were 50% Republican and 50% Democrat.

In contrast, the current Congress has ruled 75% of amendments by Democrats in order. This is compared to only 14% of amendments by Republicans ruled in order.

In Hern's words, "If we [Congress] truly want to make real changes, [Democrats] would work in a bipartisan way."

(Clare Hillen is a sophomore at George Washington University, and a summer intern at the Washington, D.C. bureau of Newsmax)

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The Democratic committee leadership is trying to change the focus away from the Green New Deal, Rep. Kevin Hern, R-Okla., told Newsmax's Clare Hillen.
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