1. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Bernie Sanders, (D) Presidential Candidate
"The planet Earth is in severe danger and we are facing a global crisis. We must listen in this country and around the world to the scientists. And the Green New Deal that the Congresswoman and I are fighting for is the only program out there that does that."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Bernie Sanders, (D) Presidential Candidate
"Our public housing stock has been neglected for far too long."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Bernie Sanders, (D) Presidential Candidate
"This bill will reduce carbon emissions equivalent to taking off of the roads over one million cars. It would reduce public housing costs by 30 percent, and energy costs and public housing by 70 percent."
4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) New York
"Public housing is infrastructure, and this is an infrastructure bill. So, what we're going to do in this legislation is to do nothing less than to decarbonize the entire public housing stock in United States of America."
12. SOUNDBITE: (English) Diane Yentel, President, National Low Income Housing Coalition
"Congress must live up to its responsibility of safe, decent, accessible and affordable homes for today's public housing residents and for future generations."
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are introducing a Green New Deal for Public Housing Act that would invest up to $180 billion over ten years to "decarbonize" the nation's public housing stock.
The legislation aims to repair and upgrade public housing by securing renewable energy sources for approximately one million federally owned public housing units, affecting some two million people, Sanders says.
"Our public housing stock has been neglected for far too long," he says.
"This bill will reduce carbon emissions equivalent to taking off of the roads over one million cars," he told a rally of public housing supporters and residents.
"It would reduce public housing costs by 30 percent, and energy costs and public housing by 70 percent," he said.
In other words, we're going to save public housing authorities money, and this will pay for itself."
Sanders says the bill would create approximately 250,000 jobs.
"It adopts the tenets of the Green New Deal," said New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
"Public housing is infrastructure, and this is an infrastructure bill," she said.
According to a statement by Sen. Sanders office, the bill is endorsed by more than fifty organizations and cosponsored by Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon, both Democrats.
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