Mitch McConnell to Force Green New Deal Vote to 'Rattle' Democrats

Frederick Owens
February 13, 2019

Whatever happens next, it's becoming increasingly clear that the Green New Deal is turning into something the two parties think they can use to their advantage. Read Breitbart News' original report below.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday he'll bring Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's signature climate proposal to a vote on the Senate floor - a move created to put Democrats on the spot.

McConnell stated Tuesday afternoon that he's been following the media focus on the Green New Deal and wanted "to give everybody an opportunity to go on record" in the Senate.

The plan, initially championed by freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, calls for a New Deal-style mobilization to shift the US economy away from fossil fuels such as oil and coal and replace them with renewable sources such as wind and solar.

Cruz tossed around terms like "kooky", "bums" and "nutty" when talking about the proposed deal spearheaded by freshman New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Ed Markey (D-MA).The plan goes far beyond energy to urge national health care coverage and job guarantees, as well as high-quality education and affordable housing.

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The resolution calls for the United States to eliminate additional emissions of "planet-warming" carbon dioxide by 2030.

Markey predicted more Democrats would sign on as the plan gets better known and said some Republicans may back it. According to a GOP strategist that spoke with Axios, Republicans will emphasize the Green New Deal among "middle, lower classes and poverty stricken areas of America", broad constituencies crucial to either party's 2020 hopes.

Republicans view the proposal to transition to clean energy as a winning wedge issue in the 2020 elections. A coalition of labor, economic justice, racial justice, indigenous, and environmental organizations immediately announced their support.

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. And it made the impolitic statement: "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". While Democrats did not specify a price tag, some Republicans predict it would cost in the trillions of dollars.

Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, however, called the plan "raw deal" that would drive "a stake into the heart of our economy", Politico reported. "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".

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