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December 6, 2018

NEW YORK, NY – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) announced his support of the "Green New Deal," a proposal being touted by Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) aimed at overhauling energy use, reducing carbon emissions, and creating new jobs.

"I have reviewed the details of the Green New Deal proposal and strongly support the plan," said Rep. Espaillat (NY-13). "I look forward to sitting down with Representative-elect Ocasio-Cortez to discuss strategies and next steps. I have heard from many of my constituents regarding the proposal and want to be very specific on how we move forward to best address climate change. Yes, the Green New Deal is an ambitious plan, but our nation has never shied away from addressing difficult challenges that we have faced, and we have witnessed tremendous progress because of it.

"During President John F. Kennedy's 1962 speech at Rice University, he addressed the inspiration behind mankind's intuition and the motivations that have propelled our nation to success throughout history. Within the same manner, we must continue to push forward to address the numerous challenges that we currently face, especially on issues such as climate change and global warming. I truly believe that we cannot wait for the change we want to see happen and that our actions today will significantly impact the generations of the future.

"I have spoken to Representative-elect Ocasio-Cortez to personally express my support of the proposal and to commend her on taking this bold and innovative step to address a pressing issue that communities face around the globe. The actions we take, even without the support of the masses, are actions that have led our nation to some of our most glorious achievements," he concluded.

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First elected to Congress in 2016, Rep. Adriano Espaillat is serving his first term in Congress where he serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and the House Select Committee on Small Business. He is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and serves in a leadership role as CHC Freshman Representative to the Democratic Caucus. He is also chairman of the CHC Task Force for Transportation, Infrastructure and Housing. Rep. Espaillat's Congressional District includes Harlem, East Harlem, northern Manhattan and the north-west Bronx. To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at /.

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