Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer had harsh words for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell after the majority leader called for a vote on the Democratic-backed Green New deal.
Schumer called McConnell’s request for a vote a “stunt,” a “cheap, cynical ploy” and “a game of political gotcha,” Fox News reported.
“The Republican leader announced he’s going to bring up a resolution he intends to vote against,” Schumer said on the Senate floor. “Now that is what the American people hate about Congress — the pointless partisan games.”
Fox reported that Schumer is just the latest Democrat to criticize McConnell for calling for a vote on the plan that many Democrats support, however, Democrats are still confident that the climate change deal would still be a win for them.
“Bring it on,” said Schumer. He said Democrats “believe that we need to do something about climate change” and added: “Do Republicans?”
McConnell announced earlier this week that the Senate will vote on the Green New Deal that has been endorsed by most of the top 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.
According to Fox, this is “an effort to force Democrats to officially go on the record for the radical proposal.”
“I’ve noted with great interest the Green New Deal,” McConnell told reporters. “And we’re going to be voting on that in the Senate. We’ll give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal.”
The deal, which was brought by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat from New York, would make significant changes to the United States economy in the name of ending global climate change.
However, included in the plan is economic stability for “all people of the United States” – including those “unwilling to work”
The plan also suggests making air travel and internal combustion engines virtually obsolete.
“We set a goal to get to net-zero, rather than zero emissions, in 10 years because we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast,” the now-deleted document also read.