A spokesperson for the environmental advocacy organization, the Sunrise Movement, said there is no room for compromise when it comes to implementing the proposals within the Green New Deal during an interview on CBS News.
The spokeswoman, Aracely Jimenez-Audis, rejected the idea that Democrats needed to compromise on their plan in the way the Obama administration was forced to compromise on health care.
"I would say no," Ocasio-Cortez said when asked if there was room for "moderate compromise" to get some of the Green New Deal proposals passed. "And that's mostly because there is growing grassroots support for the Green New Deal in every corner of this country."
Later in the interview, the host revisited the idea of compromise again, citing a common claim that there are only about 12 years left to do something about climate change and the fact that Congress is divided. She again asked Jimenez-Audis if Green New Deal supporters could compromise.
"I would say no, and that's mostly because, again, the most recent science has told us that this is a crisis; a crisis that we have an expiration date," Jimenez-Audis said.
The spokeswoman also said that other Democrats' plans, such as that from Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), don't go far enough to solve the problem, and that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) are out of touch with the new progressives in the party.
When asked what she thought were the practical things that could be prioritized in the Green New Deal, Jimenez-Audis cited things that mostly seemed to only deal indirectly, if at all, with climate change.
"We want a federal jobs guarantee. We want to expand federal labor rights," Jimenez-Audis answered. "We want to expand indigenous people's rights. We need to give workers consistent access to health care. We need to provide child care. We need to introduce regenerative agricultural practices."
Watch the full interview below:
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