Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, declared on Tuesday that he will bring Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s signature climate proposal to a vote on the Senate floor. This is a move designed to put Democrats on the spot.
“I’ve noted with great interest the Green New Deal,” McConnell told reporters at the Capitol. “And we’re going to be voting on that in the Senate. It will give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel.”
The GOP leadership see the proposal to transition to clean energy as an issue that will put a wedge between the parties and actually help them in the 2020 election. They have described the proposal as a radical agenda and a movement toward socialism.
The president made the Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal a focal point in his Texas rally on Monday night. He mocked it as a “high school term paper that got a low mark.”
Ocasio-Cortez countered that Trump is not able to give criticism of her House resolution since he “can’t even read briefings written in full sentences.” She, along with the backers of her plan, say that climate change is such a dire threat that bold progressive action is needed to convert to renewal energy.
The Green New Deal House resolution, which was introduced last week calls for the elimination of US greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 through massive investments in clean energy sources and millions of jobs.
The House resolution does not give a detailed plan of action, it is rather a statement of hope that lawmakers can rally behind a specific funding proposal after the 2020 elections.
There is not much hope that the resolution can pass in the Senate.
This is not the first time McConnell tried to push Democrats to take a divisive vote. In July 2017, Republicans forced a vote on a single-payer health care system. But Democrats did not “play” the game and voted “present” instead. The measure failed 0-57.
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