John Kerry: ‘Ocasio-Cortez Has Offered More Leadership in One Day…Than President Trump Has in His Lifetime on This Subject’

By CNSNews.com Staff | April 9, 2019 | 5:08pm EDT
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(CNSNews.com) - Former Secretary of State John Kerry told the House Oversight and Reform Committee in a hearing today that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez “has offered more leadership in one day or one week than President Trump has in his lifetime” on the issue of climate change.

Kerry was responding to a question from Rep. James Comer (R.-Ky.) about the methods that have been suggested for paying for Ocasio-Cortez’s proposed Green New Deal.

Kerry countered by asking the congressman “where is your proposal” for dealing with climate change.

“But in proposing what she has proposed together with Sen. [Ed] Markey [D.-Mass.], Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez has in fact offered more leadership in one day or one week than President Trump has in his lifetime on this subject,” Kerry said.

The Democratic majority of the Oversight Committee sent out a Tweet with a video of Comer’s exchange with Kerry saying: “ICYMI: @JohnKerry praises Rep. @AOC efforts to combat #climatechange as opposed to #PresidentTrump who refuses to lead on the issue.”

Ocasio-Cortez’s Tweet quoted Kerry saying: “Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez has in fact offered more leadership in one day or in one week than President Trump has in his lifetime on [climate change].”

Ocasio-Cortez then said in her Tweet: “Honored and humbled. Thank you, @JohnKerry.”

Here is an excerpt from the exchange between Comer and Kerry:

Rep. James Comer: Authors of the Green New Deal plan to pay for the bill, and I quote, ‘the same way we paid for the New Deal, the 2008 bank bailout, all our current wars: by the Federal Reserve extending credit, by creating new public banks that extend credit, by the government taking an equity stake in projects.’ Secretary Kerry, my question to you is printing a lot of new money and opening new public banks a real way to pay for this Green New Deal project proposal?

John Kerry: Well, let me begin by saying, congressman, there are a lot of different proposals about how to proceed. I don’t know that any of them are coming from your party or your side of the aisle. Do you have a plan to deal with climate change? I think you said you’re not sure of the science. My focus is on how we are going to move forward, and, you know, we all have some differences with one piece of legislation or another. But in proposing what she has proposed together with Sen. Markey, Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez has in fact offered more leadership in one day or one week than president Trump has in his lifetime on this subject. So, we’re talking about it. And my question is: Where is your proposal.

Did you have any hearings on it in the last few years. Mostly on Benghazi if I recall, when I was up here. So, I think what we ought to do is stop the politics and get down to really serving the people of West Virginia and the people of Kentucky.

Comer: And that is what we are doing here today.

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