Sen. Kamala Harris cosponsored a climate bill with far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) just days before mainstream media outlets labeled the California Democrat a "moderate."
Harris on August 6 unveiled the Climate Equity Act with Ocasio-Cortez, which promises to "boldly address the climate crisis" by tackling "environmental racism." Some far-left groups lauded the legislation as setting the stage to eventually pass the Green New Deal, the freshman Democrat's $94 trillion overhaul of the economy and environmental policies.
Just days after Harris teamed up with Ocasio-Cortez, a number of prominent media outlets touted her status as a centrist Democrat following her selection as Joe Biden's running mate. The New York Times called Harris a "pragmatic moderate." A Washington Post political columnist labeled her a "small-c conservative." The Associated Press referred to her "relatively centrist record," and ABC's George Stephanopoulos said Harris "comes from the middle of the road, moderate wing of the Democratic party."
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Harris, who was ranked the "most liberal" senator of 2019 by congressional watchdog GovTrack, earned widespread praise from far-left groups after releasing her bill with Ocasio-Cortez. Sunrise Movement, a progressive advocacy group that supports decriminalizing illegal border crossings, called the legislation "foundational to the Green New Deal."
Ocasio-Cortez authored the Green New Deal—which calls for the "economic transformation" of the United States—in 2019. Ocasio-Cortez said the Climate Equity Act would work "just like the Green New Deal envisioned" in a press release issued by Harris.
Biden previously chose Ocasio-Cortez to lead his "climate change task force" in May. Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) praised the decision, saying the task force would lead the Democratic Party in a "transformational and progressive direction." Biden's $2 trillion climate plan refers to the Green New Deal as a "crucial framework for meeting the climate challenges we face."