Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) have been trying to strongarm their $70 billion “Civilian Climate Corps” bill to pass in Congress’ budget reconciliation process.
“We’re working to win a Civilian Climate Corps in the reconciliation package,” stated Ocasio-Cortez in a tweet. “The last time the US did this, we employed 2M people and had record success in wildfire suppression — one the most rapid peacetime mobilizations in US history. We can revive it to fight climate change.”
We’re working to win a Civilian Climate Corps in the reconciliation package.
The last time the US did this, we employed 2M people and had record success in wildfire suppression – one the most rapid peacetime mobilizations in US history.
We can revive it to fight climate change. https://t.co/OgFNFwu2HU
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 25, 2021
Reconciliation is a process that lets Congress push through budget bills with only a simple majority in the Senate as opposed to need a sixty-vote, filibuster-proof coalition. Groups of Democratic leaders in Congress are attempting to shove most of Uncle Joe’s agenda using this reconciliation process due to the fact that they know that it would have issues going through the Senate.
As stated in a press release, Ocasio-Cortez and Markey’s “Civilian Climate Corps for Jobs and Justice Act” would try to hire a “diverse and equitable” selection of about 1.5 million young Americans in order to “complete federally-funded projects that help communities respond to climate change and transition to a clean economy.”
“The CCC would put 1.5 million young people to work strengthening our communities and preserving our lands — doing everything from remediating blight and maintaining trails to creating entirely new green spaces,” stated Ocasio-Cortez. “The program also provides the support needed to turn this work into a career path — including childcare, eldercare and tax-free educational grants to be used for student loan debt payments or higher education.”
“To combat the interlocking crises of the moment — climate change, racial injustice, a global pandemic, and income inequality — our government has an opportunity to equitably reimagine an idea from the past and tailor it to meet the present and the future,” Markey added. “The Civilian Climate Corps will provide an opportunity for millions of Americans from every walk of life to earn a good wage while serving their communities and training to transform our economy.”
This new bill being strongarmed promises salaries ranging from between $25,000 and $50,000 for “corpsmembers.” The groups of lawmakers have requested a grand total of over $70 billion to come in from 2021 through 2025.
In order to make sure that the Civilian Climate Corps is entirely “just and equitable,” the program would seek to also employ “explicit antiracist language,” put a focus on “labor groups,” and start-up “tribal sovereignty protections.”