(SNews) – A Republican congressman has introduced a new bill aimed at blocking taxpayer funds from being used to advance Democrat President Joe Biden’s green agenda policies.
On Friday morning, Rep. Bob Good (R-VA) introduced the “No American Climate Corps Act.”
The bill prohibits the Biden administration from deploying federal funds to bankroll the American Climate Corps program and the Justice40 Initiative.
Both programs are signature elements of Biden’s globalist climate agenda.
The American Climate Corps is a green jobs training program.
The Justice40 Initiative, meanwhile, fuses principles of far-left “social justice” into the administration’s massive green spending.
Justice40 establishes an administration-wide goal to have 40% of the overall benefits of climate spending flow to “disadvantaged communities.”
“The Biden administration is running full steam ahead with its economy crippling climate agenda while families are struggling to make ends meet,” Good told the Daily Caller.
“My bill would prevent President Biden from unleashing a 20,000-strong climate army on the American people.”
Over 200 Energy Department and Environmental Protection Agency funding programs are aligned with the Justice40 Initiative.
According to the White House, the categories of spending covered by the Justice40 Initiative include “climate change, clean energy and energy efficiency, clean transit, affordable and sustainable housing, training and workforce development, remediation and reduction of legacy pollution and the development of critical clean water and wastewater infrastructure.”
Biden rolled out The American Climate Corps in September using executive powers,
The program is designed to train about 20,000 people to find work in climate-related fields, according to the White House.
It includes facilitating pathways to working in the federal civil service
An earlier iteration of the green jobs training program did not make it into what became the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).
Congressional Republicans opposed the program largely because of its potential costs, according to The Associated Press.
Despite the initial setback, many Democrats, including radical Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), pressed the White House to implement the American Climate Corps via executive action.
They demanded Biden take action to demonstrate his commitment to treating climate change as an emergency, according to the AP.
Environmentalist groups also urged Biden to follow through with the American Climate Corps, despite its exclusion from the IRA.
The White House has not yet unveiled a price tag for the program.
However, Biden’s initial plan allocated $10 billion for the program before it was removed from the bill.
The administration is seeking to transform the fossil fuel-dependent energy system to “Net Zero” carbon dioxide emissions by 2035.
Biden is also aiming to achieve the same goal for the overall American economy by 2050.
The White House has characterized Biden’s agenda as including “the most ambitious climate actions in U.S. history.”