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The broader idea of a Green New Deal, once an idea on the fringe of the party, has picked up mainstream Democratic support — a sign of the Democratic Party’s lurch to the left in recent years.
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She noted that the infrastructure plan contains “large swaths of the socialist ‘Green New Deal,’ which remains firmly planted on the brains and wish lists of socialists in the House and Senate – despite both Congress and voters rejecting the bill.”
“There’s been more damage done in this administration in the first 100 days than thought possible in four years,” she said on Tuesday.
“With trying to do a Green New Deal and a housing bill worth about $192 billion, this is on top of a wasteful infrastructure bill costing $2 trillion, almost half of which would be Green New Deal type of spending,” Mace explained.
“I don’t know how you sell this to the American people,” she added. “This is not good for the American people.”
Mace argued that instead of “having the federal government in charge and subsidizing this every step of the way,” if incentives are given to businesses in the private sector, “together we can improve our environment and be greener.”
She stressed the importance of going about it in a bipartisan way.
“But what we’re seeing now is the continued power of the far left, the stranglehold they have over Capitol Hill,” Mace said. “This will not be done in a bipartisan way much like the infrastructure package, and it’s sickening and sad because we had a real opportunity to lead our country out of a crisis and everything right now is so partisan.”