Senate to vote on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal

13 February, 2019, 11:50 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mc Connell speaks after a Republican policy lunch on Capitol Hill in Washington

The Washington Post's Robert Costa tweeted Tuesday morning: "McConnell is considering taking up the green new deal for a vote in the Senate as a way to rattle Sen Dems, per a McConnell aide here at the [Capitol]".

"The last thing we need to do right now is trade pointless-absolutely pointless-show votes back and forth across the aisle", McConnell told Schumer January 10 on the Senate floor. "We'll give everybody a chance to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal".

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.

Unlike past efforts to reduce emissions, the Green New Deal takes stock of the fact that climate change uniquely touches on nearly every part of the economy and threatens to wildly exacerbate a vast slate of social ills, including disease, poverty and structural racism.

The proposal includes progressive agenda items like universal healthcare and a federal jobs guarantee.

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

So far, Senators Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Kirsten Gillibrand and Cory Booker, who are all running for president, have co-sponsored the legislation.

"There will be all kinds of bills sponsored by individual presidential candidates". Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), a possible 2020 contender, said at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast on Tuesday.

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Even without McConnell's efforts, the Green New Deal has become the latest flashpoint in the Democratic party's internal conflict between its centrists and its unapologetic left wing.

"It will be one of several or maybe many suggestions that we receive. Ocasio-Cortez tried to claim over the weekend that the FAQ, sent to news outlets such as NPR and uploaded on her congressional website, is not really part of the Green New Deal's policy proposals".

Democrat and Republican establishment favored the deal, not surprisingly.

Almost all of the Democratic senators running for president have thrown their support behind the Green New Deal, but the bill does not enjoy the same success among the rest of Democratic senators, with only 11 of 47 supporting the deal, according to a report from CNBC.

Markey and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY led the unveiling of a resolution laying the groundwork for aggressive policy proposals created to combat climate change, which critics argue could be too costly to the economy and in some cases outright not feasible. "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 the numbers are growing.

It's unclear exactly what kind of measure McConnell plans to bring up for a vote in the Senate. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) told Ocasio-Cortez she was in over her head. The ambitious proposal has been spearheaded by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. McConnell wants to get Democratic presidential candidates on the record about the controversial, but nevertheless exciting policy moonshot, so that Republicans can hit them with attacks mischaracterizing the deal, as Trump did at his El Paso rally on Monday: "I really don't like their policy of taking away your auto, of taking away your airplane rights, of 'let's hop a train to California, ' of you're not allowed to own cows anymore!"

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