DRAFT TEXT FOR PROPOSED ADDENDUM TO HOUSE RULES FOR 116TH CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES
Here is Naomi Wolf’s commentary about the formation of a committee of 15 people who are unaccountable and are not even required to focus on climate change
(a) Establishment of the Select Committee For A Green New Deal.—
is hereby established a Select Committee For A Green New Deal (hereinafter in
this section referred to as the “select committee”).
select committee shall be composed of 15 members appointed by the Speaker, of
whom 6 may be appointed on the recommendation of the Minority Leader. The
Speaker shall designate one member of the select committee as its chair. A
vacancy in the membership of the select committee shall be filled in the same
manner as the original appointment.
(i) The select committee shall have authority to develop a
detailed national, industrial, economic mobilization plan (hereinafter in this
section referred to as the “Plan for a Green New Deal” or the “Plan”) for the
transition of the United States economy to become greenhouse gas emissions
neutral and to significantly draw down greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and
oceans and to promote economic and environmental justice and equality. In
furtherance of the foregoing, the Plan shall: (a) be prepared in consultation
with experts and leaders from business, labor, state and local governments, tribal
nations, academia and broadly representative civil society groups and
communities; (b) be driven by the federal government, in collaboration,
co-creation and partnership with business, labor, state and local governments,
tribal nations, research institutions and civil society groups and communities;
(c) be executed in no longer than 10 years from the start of execution of such
Plan; (d) provide opportunities for high income work, entrepreneurship and
cooperative and public ownership; and (e) additionally, be responsive to, and
in accordance with, the goals and guidelines relating to social, economic,
racial, regional and gender-based justice and equality set forth in paragraph
(ii) In addition to preparing the Plan as set forth in paragraph
(2)(A)(i), the select committee shall prepare draft legislation for the
enactment of the Plan (hereinafter in this section referred to as the “draft
legislation”), in accordance with this section. Such draft legislation may be
prepared concurrently with the development of the Plan, or as the select
committee may otherwise deem appropriate, provided that such finalized draft
legislation shall be completed in accordance with the timing set forth in
(iii) The select
committee shall not have legislative jurisdiction and shall have no authority
to take legislative action on any bill or resolution, provided that the
foregoing shall not affect the select committee’s ability to prepare draft
legislation in accordance with paragraph (2)(A)(i) and (2)(A)(ii).
JURISDICTION.—In furtherance of the mandate set forth in paragraph
(2)(A), the select committee shall have the authority to investigate, study,
make findings, convene experts and leaders from industry, academia, local communities,
labor, finance, technology and any other industry or group that the select
committee deems to be a relevant resource. The select committee may, at its
discretion and as its members may deem appropriate, hold public hearings in
connection with any aspect of its investigative functions.
(A) Except as specified in paragraph (2), the select committee
shall have the authorities and responsibilities of, and shall be subject to the
same limitations and restrictions as, a standing committee of the House, and
shall be deemed a committee of the House for all purposes of law or rule.
(B)(i) Rules [to be confirmed by reference to overall House
Rules package] (Organization of Committees) and [to be confirmed by reference
to overall House Rules package] (Procedures of Committees and Unfinished
Business) shall apply to the select committee where not inconsistent with this
(ii) Service on the select committee shall not count against the
limitations on committee or subcommittee service in Rule [to be confirmed by
reference to overall House Rules package] (Organization of Committees).
enable the select committee to carry out the purposes of this section—
(A) The select committee may use the services of staff of the
House and may, at its discretion and as its members may deem appropriate, use
the services of external consultants or experts in furtherance of its mandate;
(B) The select committee shall be eligible for interim funding
pursuant to clause [to be confirmed by reference to overall House Rules
package] of Rule [to be confirmed by reference to overall House Rules package]
(Interim Funding – Organization of Committees); and
(C) Without limiting the foregoing, the select committee may, at
any time and from time to time during the course of its mandate, apply to the
House for an additional, dedicated budget to carry out its mandate.
(5) INTERIM REPORTING;
SUBMISSION OF THE PLAN FOR A GREEN NEW DEAL; SUBMISSION OF DRAFT LEGISLATION—
(A) The select committee may report to the House or any
House Committee it deems appropriate from time to time the results of its
investigations and studies, together with such detailed findings and interim
recommendations or proposed Plan or draft legislation (or portion thereof) as
it may deem advisable.
(B) (i) The select committee shall complete the Plan for a Green
New Deal by a date no later than January 1, 2020.
(ii) The select committee shall complete the finalized draft
legislation by a date no later than the date that is 90 calendar days after the
select committee has completed the Plan in accordance with paragraph (5)(B)(i)
and, in any event, no later than March 1, 2020.
(iii) The select committee shall ensure and procure that the
Plan and the draft legislation prepared in accordance with this section shall,
upon completion in accordance with paragraphs (5)(B)(i) and (ii), be made
available to the general public in widely accessible formats (including,
without limitation, via at least one dedicated website and a print publication)
by a date no later than 30 calendar days following the respective dates for
completion set forth in paragraphs (5)(B)(i) and (ii).
(6) SCOPE OF THE PLAN FOR A GREEN NEW DEAL AND THE DRAFT
(A) The Plan for a Green New Deal (and the draft legislation)
shall be developed with the objective of reaching the following outcomes within
the target window of 10 years from the start of execution of the Plan:
(B) The Plan for a Green
New Deal (and the draft legislation) shall recognize that a national,
industrial, economic mobilization of this scope and scale is a historic
opportunity to virtually eliminate poverty in the United States and to make
prosperity, wealth and economic security available to everyone participating in
the transformation. In furtherance of the foregoing, the Plan (and the draft
- including by ensuring that local
implementation of the transition is led from the community level and by
prioritizing solutions that end the harms faced by front-line communities from
climate change and environmental pollution;
(C) The Plan for a Green New Deal (and the draft legislation)
shall recognize that innovative public and other financing structures are a
crucial component in achieving and furthering the goals and guidelines relating to social, economic, racial,
regional and gender-based justice and equality and cooperative and public ownership set forth in paragraphs (2)(A)(i) and (6)(B). The Plan (and the
draft legislation) shall, accordingly, ensure that the majority of financing of
the Plan shall be
accomplished by the federal government, using a combination of the Federal
Reserve, a new public bank or system of regional and specialized public banks,
public venture funds and such other vehicles or structures that the select
committee deems appropriate, in order to ensure that interest and other
investment returns generated from public investments made in connection
with the Plan will be returned to the treasury, reduce taxpayer burden and
allow for more investment.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
do we need a sweeping Green New Deal investment program? Why can’t we just rely
on regulations and taxes alone, such as a carbon tax or an eventual ban on
should the government have a big role in driving and making any required
investments? Why not just incentivize the private sector to invest through, for
e.g., tax subsidies and such?
will the government pay for these investments?
do we need a select committee? We already have committees with jurisdiction
over the subject matter e.g. Energy and Commerce, Natural Resources and
Science, Space and Technology. Just creating another committee seems
should we not be satisfied with the same approach the previous select
committee used (i.e. the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global
Warming)? Why do we need a new approach?
does this new select committee need to prepare draft legislation? Isn’t
investigation, hearings, briefings and reporting enough?
an example of a select committee with abilities to prepare legislation? Does
the new Select Committee For A Green New Deal seem to fit on that list?
this select committee take away jurisdictional power from the other (standing
i.e. permanent) committees that have jurisdiction over at least part of the
a select committee only exists for the congressional session that created it!
So even if this select committee prepares legislation, it likely won’t get
passed in this session by a Republican-held Senate and White House, so why does
having a select committee now even matter?
What’s wrong with the other
proposed legislation on climate change? Can’t we just pass one of the other
climate bills that have been introduced in the past? Why prepare a whole new