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Sen. McConnell: Green New Deal Vote Will Put Dems on Record

13 February, 2019, 23:23 | Author: Lucille Rivera
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On Tuesday, Senator McConnell said he would bring the "Green New Deal" the floor for a vote.

The proposals known as the Green New Deal were crafted in conjunction with Senator Ed Markey of MA.

A number of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are co-sponsors of the bill including senators Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, and Kirsten Gillibrand. "A Green New Deal is about jobs, and it is about justice".

"My constituents are obviously very concerned about this notion that we are somehow going to transition over the course of 10 years here to an economy that is entirely run on green energy", Cheney said during a Natural Resources subcommittee hearing.

Broadly speaking, Democrats do support action on climate change - two-thirds say it "should be a top priority for Trump and Congress this year" - but the question is whether they will support the Green New Deal as they learn more about it.

The resolution, which was introduced by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) and Senator Ed Markey (D., Mass.) on Friday, provides a sweeping list of climate-change- and social-justice-related measures including the refurbishing of every structure in the country with renewable-energy technology and the creation of millions of federally funded jobs in the green-energy sector. Ocasio-Cortez's spokesman also sent reporters a memo in which the congresswoman's office contradicted the resolution by taking positions on agricultural emissions, nuclear energy and air travel that did not appear in the formal legislation.

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Problems in the Democratic rollout of the proposal have further fueled the Republican attacks.

But, confident that the calculated ploy will backfire on the GOP, climate groups and progressive lawmakers are telling the Republican leader: "Bring it on".

Trump, at his rally Monday night, said that under the Green New Deal, "You're not allowed to own cows anymore".

The forthcoming vote isn't the first time Senate Republicans forced Democratic presidential hopefuls to go on the record about a liberal proposal they believe will alienate moderate voters later. 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.

The vote on the health care legislation didn't quite carry the punch Republicans had hoped. "Unfortunately for Mitch, all he's going to do is show just how out of touch Republican politicians are with the American people".

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