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‘Civilian Climate Corps’ Will Be In Senate Dems’ Infrastructure Pork Package

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Tuesday that a climate jobs proposal called the Civilian Climate Corps will be part of the $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill that Senate Democrats plan to pass.

The move reflects the high priority many Democratic activists place on climate change measures, even as businesses raise concerns about the financial cost of conversion to non-fossil fuels.

The furthest-left lawmakers, such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, have long pushed for the “Green New Deal,” which calls on the federal government to wean the United States from fossil fuels and curb planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions across the economy.

“Right now, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to confront the climate crisis and create millions of permanent good-paying union jobs,” Schumer, a New York Democrat, told reporters Tuesday.

“It’s a great opportunity to combine those things. I have made addressing the climate crisis in a bold and strong way, the primary focus of our debate on infrastructure.”

Schumer praised the Sunrise Movement, a liberal 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(3) political organization that lobbied for the federal government to establish the CCC.

The proposal was later spearheaded by Colorado Rep. Joe Neguse and Sen. Ron Wyden and pushed forward by a group of over 80 House and Senate Democrats from across the political spectrum.

According to a letter sent by the members to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Schumer on Tuesday, the goals of the program “are to provide employment opportunities; invest in natural climate solutions, clean energy, and resilience; and address environmental justice through locally-led, science-based projects.”

The CCC is not the only Democratic priority. The caucus is attempting to stuff the reconciliation package, meaning that it would need only a Senate majority of 51 votes, rather than 60 senators supporting it.

Democrats are proposing to fill the infrastructure bill with voting and immigration measures.

It is unknown if these Democratic wish lists will survive, but Wyden, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and member of the Senate Budget Committee, says he is confident that the CCC proposal will be passed.

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