Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) used her presidential kickoff speech Saturday to call for immediate spending on a “Green New Deal.”
Warren, who made her official announcement in Lawrence, Mass., challenged the idea America can’t afford a rapid expansion of the federal government.
“We are the wealthiest nation in the history of the world,” she said. “Of course we can afford these investments.”
“But we need a government that makes different choices, choices that reflect our values,” she said. “Stop handing out enormous tax giveaways to rich people and giant corporations — stop refusing to invest in our children.”
The Massachusetts senator then called for immediate funding of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.)’s so-called Green New Deal.
“Stop stalling on spending money, real money, on infrastructure, and clean energy, and a Green New Deal,” Warren said. “And start asking the people who have gained the most from our country to pay their fair share.”