Washington – Rep. Jahana Hayes on Friday became the latest Connecticut lawmaker to support the Green New Deal, a controversial proposal by congressional Democrats to combat climate change and promote economic equality.
“Representative Hayes understands how critical the issue of climate change is,” said Hayes spokesman Jason Newton. “ She evaluated the Green New Deal resolution and has signed on as a cosponsor because she believes in the goals set forth in the resolution.”
Newton also said Hayes “plans to continue monitoring the situation as the resolution becomes more specific legislative proposals.”
Hayes had previously said she was studying the proposal.
The Green New Deal, sponsored by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., is a set of non-binding proposals that include transitioning the country to 100 percent renewable energy and installing a high-speed rail system to reduce the reliance on cars. The resolution also calls for universal health care, a federal job guarantee program, and affordable housing for all.
GOP critics have called it “socialist,” “zany” and “delusional.”
But Democrats who support the Green New Deal say it’s an aspirational blueprint to stimulate the economy, tackle climate change and promote racial and social equality.
With Hayes’ support, the only member of Connecticut’s all-Democratic congressional delegation who is not a co-sponsor of the Green New Deal is Rep. Jim Hayes, D-4th District.