“I’m glad I ran into you today @AOC to plan our debate about the Green New Deal. After I finish reading all 14 pages, like we agreed, I’ll schedule time for our debate,” Greene wrote Wednesday evening, sharing an image of the pair speaking with each other on the House floor, accompanied with the hashtag “#MTGvsAOC” based off of their initials.
The next morning, the controversial GOP congresswoman took to Twitter to say, “I read your 14 page Communists manifesto @AOC. Looking forward to debating you.”
While Ocasio-Cortez has not confirmed whether she actually has agreed to debate Greene, on Thursday—Earth Day—the self-described democratic socialist did respond to Rep. Chellie Pingree’s (D-Minn.) picture of her green “Green New Deal” hat, saying, “I’m glad you like it @chelliepingree! Happy Earth Day”.
The New York congresswoman on Thursday also promoted via Twitter a virtual town hall event for her constituents about the Green New Deal and the FEMA funeral assistance program.
Thursday afternoon, Greene ramped up her criticism of the Green New Deal, accusing President Joe Biden and Democrats of “forcing America into slavery to China with @AOC’s Green New Deal.”
Earlier this month, Greene initially proposed the debate idea to Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter, floating the idea of making the debate “pay per view style” and have the money raised divvied up between the pair for places of each’s choosing. However, the New York Democrat never publicly addressed this debate invitation.
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Massachusetts Democrat Mayor wants to end ‘right-to-shelter’ law amidst migrant crisis
More Democrat leaders from non-border states are wising up to the immigration crisis our nation faces. Woburn mayor Scott Galvin, of the progressive state of Massachusetts, is hoping that lawmakers will overturn a 40-year-old law because the reality of being “bleeding heart liberals” is resulting in the demise of his town.
The 40-year-old “right-to-shelter” law has got to go, says mayor Galvin, because of the immense strain the thousands of migrant families are putting on the area’s residents. By Friday, there were about 150 families living in the city’s hotels, an “unsustainable” arrangement for his 40,000 constituents.
Galvin told the New York Times the right-to-shelter law, which only exists in Massachusetts, was “passed at a different time, and was not meant to cover what we’re seeing now.”
National Review reports:
Under the 1983 right-to-shelter law, Massachusetts officials are legally required to offer housing to any homeless families seeking shelter in the state. The law now covers a rising influx of migrant families, although individuals are not covered under its provisions.
“We’re going above and beyond, while some communities around us are not being impacted, and we don’t have endless capacity in our schools,” said Galvin. “The benefits that are bestowed on migrants make the state a very attractive destination, and without some changes, this challenge is not going to abate.”
Massachusetts Democrat Governor Maura Healey already declared a state of emergency on August 8th, requesting help from the federal government. On August 31, Healey activated up to 250 Massachusetts National Guard members to assist the more than 6,000 migrant families already in the state’s shelter system.
Approximately 6,300 families are living in emergency shelters and hotels across the state, up roughly 50 percent from the year prior. The cost for such accommodations for all the migrants is approximately $45 million per month, National Review reports.
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