During an interview with USA Today, Pelosi was asked about her struggles in running a House caucus while newly minted Democrats such as Ocasio-Cortez "are pushing the party further to the Left and fighting over more symbolic gestures rather than actually implementing Democratic policies".
During a House Oversight Committee hearing on Tuesday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called out Republicans for attacking the Green New Deal as "socialism" while also supporting billions of dollars in subsidies to the fossil fuel industry.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of NY, and Senator Ed Markey, Democrat of MA, speak during a press conference to announce Green New Deal legislation to promote clean energy programs February 7.
The representative submitted the Green New Deal legislation, which outlined a sweeping overhaul of the economy and energy sector with ambitious social-justice goals.
The new climate change initiative, announced in February, would establish a 10-year framework meant to increase environmental sustainability in a job-friendly way.
Responding to a question from Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) about the affordability of Ocasio-Cortez's $94 trillion, 10-year plan, Kerry said, "I think you said that you are not sure of the science (behind climate change studies)". Ocasio-Cortez asked Hagel. "But in proposing what she has proposed, together with Senator [Ed] Markey, Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez has in fact offered more leadership in one day or in one week than President Trump has in his lifetime on this subject", Kerry said.
According to The Hill, Kerry made the statement while testifying during a discussion on the intersection of climate change and national security.
'We know the world's wealthiest countries have burned most of the carbon that is driving climate change today.
However, it has been criticized by many, including by some Democrats, for being too ambitious and too expensive.