House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) twice misnamed Democrats’ “Green New Deal” at her Thursday press briefing, despite being told the climate change proposal’s correct name by the reporter questioning her.
Pelosi was asked to respond to Republicans “talking about the Green New Deal.” Pelosi appeared to struggle to recall the name of the proposal – first calling it “the Green Deal,” then the “New Green Deal,” before continuing with her reaction to Republicans’ criticism of the New Green Deal, without correctly titling the proposal:
Reporter: “Republican leaders were here an hour ago talking about the Green New Deal. They say it’s going to get rid of jobs, it’s going to raise the price of health care, all kinds of things. What's your response?”
Rep. Pelosi: “I'm really impressed, they care about health care? They who took away the individual mandate, they who devoted scores of time wanting to eliminate the Affordable Care Act? I’ve never even known they had an interest, except maybe to take two trillion dollars out of Medicare and Medicaid. As with all the initiatives that you're hearing about, they will go to committee. That has different committees because it has different pieces to it.
“But, I'm more excited about our select committee on climate, chaired by Kathy Castor of Florida, which will be having its hearings, evidence-based recommendations, some of which will be consistent with some of what's in the..in the…the Green Deal, New Green Deal? And, some of it might be even be beyond that.
“But, I'm not standing by any characterization that the Republicans have of anything.”