New 'squad' member suggests Biden needs to pay minority communities back after election support

Posted 9 days ago


Congressman-elect Jamaal Bowman, D-N. Y., indicated on Thursday that President-elect Joe Biden owed Black and Brown people after they helped elect him.

His comments came during a rally outside the Democratic National Committee in Washington, D. C., where speakers like Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., pushed for a Green New Deal.

"Joe Biden has pledged a $2 trillion investment in environmental justice and 40% of that has been pledged to districts like mine across the country," Bowman said.

Biden pledged $2 trillion for climate investments. It includes a provision for "disadvantaged communities" to receive 40% of "overall benefits of spending" in various areas.

"That 40% has to be part of a 'Green New Deal' that rebuilds Black and Brown communities across this country ... we need jobs, we need infrastructure, and we need those jobs to go to Black and Brown communities," said Bowman. "Black and Brown communities organized across the country to make sure Joe Biden won the White House, and he did that, but now it's time for payback. And now it's time to make sure that we invest the resources necessary to rebuild our nation in a way that is representative of all of us, so we can truly have the people's house."

Bowman is considered one of the newest additions to the "Squad" of 2018 freshman congresswomen -- Reps. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N. Y., Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.... (Read more)