On Friday morning in her office in San Francisco, Senator Dianne Feinstein met with a group of child activists from the Sunrise Movement, an organization of young people dedicated to legislative climate action.
"I think fundamentally if you ask yourself the question, 'Are we better today than we were yesterday or we were two years ago?' the answer is, undoubtedly, yes", Ivanka Trump said.
Sen. John Barrasso, (R-Wyo.), on mounting concerns over the potential costs of the Green New Deal.
One teen girl told the senator that "we're the people who voted you" and pleaded for Feinstein to change her mind on supporting the Green New Deal.
"You know what's interesting about this group", Feinstein observes at one point, "is I've been doing this for 30 years".
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It was clear from the tone of Feinstein's response that the six-term senator thought the ambitious strategy - in line with what climate science says is necessary to avert 1.5 degrees C of warming - is too heavy of a political lift. You come in here and say it has to be my way or the highway, I don't respond to that. Then, continuing to the attack Republicans, she called them "the cold-hearted monsters who have repeatedly attacked our health care". "And the key is to get something passed that puts us on the right foot and we're able to deal with the problem that's happening, instead of something that won't get passed". And I know what I'm doing.
Last week, The Job Creators Network blasted Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after she called the group's first billboard "wack". She talks to several people one-on-one as her staff ushers the group out of her office, saying she has another scheduled meeting. Many others have felt the effects far worse, as more and more devastating wildfires and other natural disasters continue to occur.
"That resolution will not pass the Senate, and you can take that back to whoever sent you here and tell them", Feinstein responded after the students insisted the legislation was badly needed.
"Not 'should I have children, ' which is an individual choice, everybody can choose what they want, but 'is it okay?,' that's putting a moral lens on it", he commented.
A 49-year-old Coast Guard lieutenant was charged last week for stockpiling guns, ammunition and drugs in his home just outside of Washington, D.C.