McConnell to call Senate vote on Democrats’ Green New Deal

Feb 15, 2019, 01:44
McConnell to call Senate vote on Democrats’ Green New Deal

"The Green New Deal resolution has struck a powerful chord in this country, and Republicans, climate deniers, and the fossil fuel industry are going to end up on the wrong side of history".

But, noting that the Green New Deal is extremely popular among the US public-with one survey showing that 57 percent of Republican voters and 81 percent of Americans overall support the ambitious idea-Markey concluded that "Republicans, climate deniers, and the fossil fuel industry are going to end up on the wrong side of history".

In December, a poll from Yale and George Mason universities found that 81 percent of registered voters supported the goals of a Green New Deal, including 64 percent of Republicans and 57 percent of conservative Republicans. We're having the first national conversation on climate change in a decade.

McConnell said he will have the chamber vote on the initiative to "give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel". Ocasio-Cortez has since disavowed the FAQ, which was posted on her website, and suggested her political enemies disseminated the document to sabotage the proposal. "I think people should call his bluff".

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They knew early. & Their goal has been to sow doubt this entire time.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY also dismissed McConnell's plans for a vote.

Markey's office did not immediately respond to requests for comment on a Senate floor vote. Schumer said. "What are they going to put forward?"

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY has met with Amy McGrath, the Democratic nominee in last year's race for Kentucky's 6th District U.S. House seat.

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The Green New Deal House resolution introduced last week calls for the elimination of United States greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 through massive investments in clean energy sources and millions of jobs. And it's picking up momentum in the Senate, too, especially among White House contenders such as Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, and Kirsten Gillibrand.

"Broadly speaking, a vote on the resolution will do little more for Republicans than further elevate an issue on which they're deeply at odds with public opinion".

"We welcome the enthusiasm that is there", she said in a news conference last week, later adding, "I'm very excited about it all, and I welcome the Green New Deal and any other proposals that people have out there".

The Green New Deal resolution unveiled last Thursday is a nonbinding measure meant to define the scope of what future legislation requires to make a serious dent in surging greenhouse gas emissions. As Vox's Matthew Yglesias points out, "They ran this exact play on the Sanders Medicare for All bill" in the Senate in 2017, when Montana Republican Steve Daines pasted a Democratic single-payer insurance plan onto one of the failed Obamacare repeal attempts.

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