Green New Deal too extreme for unions, VA Dem leadership

The AFL-CIO has a message for members of Congress who support the Green New Deal – they shouldn’t.

In a letter sent Friday, the nation’s largest organized labor group warned against the threat of the left’s latest litmus test:

“The Green New Deal resolution is far too short on specific solutions that speak to the jobs of our members and the critical sections of our economy…we will not accept proposals that could cause immediate harm to millions of our members and their families.”

This resounding warning puts Democrats that tout pro-labor, pro-union platforms on notice – they cannot pretend to champion workers’ rights while simultaneously propping up the Green New Deal. Yet every major 2020 contender in the Democratic field has endorsed this extreme climate proposal, and Virginia Democrats are falling all over themselves to support it at the state level. Reps. Bobby Scott and Gerry Connolly are co-sponsors of the Federal version, while 14 sitting legislators and 13 candidates have all signed on to the state-level plan.

Just this morning, Del. Mark Sickles, the Deputy minority leader of the House, said the Virginia bill was “extreme”.

“Democrats are rushing to the left so fast they’re even abandoning their traditional allies in labor. From the extreme Green New Deal to support for abortion just minutes before birth, Virginia Democrats are following their national counterparts over the edge.” — Garren Shipley, RNC spokesman

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