Biden: Green New Deal Could Come in Next Round of Coronavirus Relief

March 25, 2020

Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden said Wednesday that a version of the Green New Deal could come "in the next round" of coronavirus relief.

"We're going to have an opportunity, I believe, in the next round here to use my green economy, my green deal, to be able to generate both economic growth consistent with the kind of infusion of monies we need into the system to keep it going," Biden said during a livestream.

"One of the ways to make sure these jobs are available, that may get lost or hurt in the meantime, is to provide the kind of jobs that are prevailing wages where people are making $45, $50 an hour plus benefits, by building new infrastructure," Biden continued. "We're going to need new infrastructure going down the road here."

Biden also advocated for $10,000 in student loan debt forgiveness "across the board" to help combat the coronavirus crisis.

The Biden campaign's website describes the Green New Deal as a "crucial framework" for dealing with climate change.

The former vice president's climate plan would cost $1.7 trillion over the next decade. He has dismissed the possibility of eliminating all carbon emissions by 2030, one of the primary proposals of the original Green New Deal proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D., Mass.).

The Senate and the White House agreed to a massive $2 trillion stimulus package on Wednesday morning, despite Democratic resistance to Senate Republicans' initial version of the bill.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) adjourned the House of Representatives in less than two minutes on Wednesday, meaning that a vote on the stimulus package will likely not occur later in the day.