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The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) is tapping Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) to chair its Blue Green Council, which will work to build support in the energy and clean tech sector for Senate candidates.
The decision to tap Ossoff comes as Democrats push forward a sweeping infrastructure plan in Congress, which includes an array of clean energy measures.
"Clean energy investments mean good paying jobs to Michiganders, Georgians and all Americans. I'm excited that Jon will be leading our effort to maintain and grow a Democratic Majority that shares his commitment to tackling climate change, protecting our environment and creating American jobs" said DSCC Chair Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.). "We have an important task ahead of us and I know Jon and the Blue Green Council will be key partners in 2022 in this fight."
Senate confirms Biden's pick to lead White House environmental council
The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Brenda Mallory to lead the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), which advises the president on issues such as environmental justice and conserving oceans, lands and wildlife.The upper chamber approved Mallory's nomination in a 53-45 vote, with three Republicans voting with Democrats to back her: Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Rob Portman (Ohio).Mallory, who served as theThe upper chamber approved Mallory's nomination in a 53-45 vote, with three Republicans voting with Democrats to back her: Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Rob Portman (Ohio).
In his role atop the committee, which was founded in 2013, Ossoff will reach out to leaders in "business, science, and technological innovation" to build support for Democratic candidates as the party looks to defend its razor-thin majority.
"America can and must lead the world in clean energy production, scientific and technological innovation, and environmental sustainability," said Ossoff. "At stake are American competitiveness, security, and health, and humanity's capacity to flourish without destroying our habitat. The Blue Green Council will convene leaders in business and science to support this historic industrial and technological effort."
Ossoff will likely work to tout Democrats' efforts to push through new environmental initiatives in their $2.3 trillion infrastructure package.
Biden's agenda hinges on new Senate push for bipartisan deals amid distrust between the parties
Major items on President Joe Biden's domestic agenda hang in the balance this month, hinging on Republicans' willingness to cut deals and whether Democrats agree to pare back their ambitions at the risk of causing a backlash on the left. © Bill Pugliano/Getty Images LOUISVILLE, KY - FEBRUARY 12: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (right) (R-KY) and U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) shake hands after Shumer delivered a speech and answered questions at the University of Louisville's McConnell Center February 12, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky. Sen.
Republicans say that the American Jobs Plan could cost jobs.
Democrats are currently fielding a $568 billion proposal from Republicans. The party has previously warned that they could try to muscle through their plan themselves if they deem the GOP package insufficient.
Anreleased this month found that 56 percent of registered voters approve of the plan from President Biden, but that figure drops to 51 percent among independents and just 18 percent among Republicans.
Ossoff is taking the helm of the council at a time when Democrats hold the narrowest Senate majority in years. The party controls the 50-50 upper chamber due only to Vice President Harris's tie-breaking vote, and a net flip of one seat for the GOP would hand Republicans control of the Senate.
Democrats move 2 bills showing strength and limits of power .
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats were on a roll. The House voted along party lines to make the nation’s capital the 51st state, and two hours later, the Senate overwhelmingly approved bipartisan legislation to address violence against Asian Americans. Thursday's twin victories let Democrats display momentum just six days before President Joe Biden's maiden speech to Congress. Yet they also shined a spotlight on his party's limitations in enacting hisThursday's twin victories let Democrats display momentum just six days before President Joe Biden's maiden speech to Congress. Yet they also shined a spotlight on his party's limitations in enacting his agenda.