Democrat Ocasio-Cortez to lead Biden climate change panel with Kerry

Democrat Ocasio-Cortez to lead Biden climate change panel with Kerry

Democrat Ocasio-Cortez to lead Biden climate change panel with Kerry

The presumptive Democratic nominee name-dropped AOC to show his campaign is trying to make inroads with the progressive wing of the party and develop new policies together.

Ocasio-Cortez, alongside Sen. Ed Markey of MA, spearheaded the Green New Deal legislation aimed at addressing climate change in the US.

According to a Wednesday report from the New York Daily News, Ocasio-Cortez is warming up to the idea of working with Biden though she has yet to officially endorse the Democratic front-runner.

Progressive U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will serve on a panel advising Joe Biden on climate policy, the apparent Democratic presidential nominee and the Congresswoman's spokesperson said. Bernie Sanders into the fold.

It was later revealed that Ocasio-Cortez will co-chair the task force groups focusing on climate policy as a representative for Sanders, the congresswoman's spokeswoman told CNN reporter Greg Krieg.

Sanders, a senator from Vermont, endorsed Biden within a week of leaving the race in April - unlike in 2016, when he waited until just before the party's convention to formally back Hillary Clinton. "And so I think we're going to have a very united party", Biden added.

Sanders praised Biden's cooperation, saying the task forces will "unify our party in a transformational and progressive direction".

Other subjects include criminal justice reform, the economy, education, health care and immigration.

"While Senator Sanders is no longer actively seeking the nomination, the Biden campaign feels strongly that it is in the best interest of the party and the effort to defeat Donald Trump in November to come to an agreement regarding these issues that will ensure representation of Sanders supporters and delegate candidates, both on the floor and in committees", a joint statement from the two campaigns released with the agreement last month said.

The immigration group is headed by Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif., and Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, which backed Sanders' immigration policies during the primary. "I mean, we're more united today than nearly every, every single person who competed in the primary is now wholeheartedly endorsed me, campaigned around the country for me using their digital media to promote our campaign, and I'm working with Bernie and with his people". She called his concessions to the left flank, including lowering the age for Medicare eligibility, "almost insulting".

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