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

Marco Green
February 13, 2019

The Senate will vote on new climate change legislation known as the Green New Deal, McConnell told reporters Tuesday, without offering a specific timetable.

That included appearances by McConnell on Capitol Hill and back in Kentucky with Jimmy Rose from "America's Got Talent", who performed the song, "Coal Keeps the Lights On".

The document introduced last week marked the first formal attempt by lawmakers to define legislation to create big government-led investments in clean energy, infrastructure and social programs. The goal is to transition the US economy away from burning fossil fuels and emitting greenhouse gasses blamed for climate change, rising sea levels and severe storms. The ambitious proposal has been spearheaded by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat from NY. The initiative has the backing of nearly all the Democrats declared as candidates seeking for the party's nomination in the 2020 presidential election.

A few of the Green New Deal's provisions include: "upgrading all existing buildings", "overhauling transportation systems" to reduce carbon emissions, and getting to a point where air travel stops become unnecessary.

Markey's office responded with a statement chastising McConnell for threatening to call a vote on the resolution "without committee hearings, expert testimony, or a true national debate".

Republicans have not offered an alternative measure to the Green New Deal and have not indicated they plan to do so.

Each of the five Democratic senators who have announced White House bids are already signed on as co-sponsors to the Senate version of the resolution, which Massachusetts Democratic Sen.

It has virtually no chance of being approved, but the report said "it will force Senate Democrats, including a slew of 2020 presidential candidates, to vote on the proposal - potentially providing votes for McConnell and the GOP to exploit".

Republicans showed on Tuesday that they are ready to use the resolution as a political weapon against those Democrats.

"Instead of trying to cause mischief, the #Republican Party should put forward its own serious proposal to address #climatechange", Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. "I think we need to aggressively support climate change [legislation]".

"I really don't like their policy of taking away your vehicle, of taking away your airplane rights", President Donald Trump said at a rally in El Paso, Texas, on Monday, referring to the memo. Trump said at the rally. More than 80 percent of registered voters supported the concept of a Green New Deal in a December poll by Yale and George Mason universities.

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