McConnell Wants to Troll Democrats With Green New Deal Vote

Minnie Murray
February 14, 2019

"There's a lot of people now going back on the Green New Deal, they're like 'Oh it's impractical, oh it's too expensive, oh it's all of this, '" Senator Cory Booker (D., N.J.), one of the many Democratic presidential hopefuls, said during a speech in Mason City, Iowa Friday.

But, noting that the Green New Deal is extremely popular among the US public-with one survey showing that 57 percent of Republican voters and 81 percent of Americans overall support the ambitious idea-Markey concluded that "Republicans, climate deniers, and the fossil fuel industry are going to end up on the wrong side of history".

Republicans have not offered an alternative measure to the Green New Deal and have not indicated they plan to do so. We're having the first national conversation on climate change in a decade.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks after a Republican policy lunch on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 29, 2019.

Since the Green New Deal resolution was introduced last week, President Donald Trump, Republican lawmakers, and right-wing pundits have spread hysterical falsehoods about the measure and decried it as a "socialist fever dream" that would be political suicide for Democrats to support. Ed Markey (D-MA) spoke for some of his colleagues by telling McConnell he sees through his announcement and knows that this is just an attempt to "sabotage" their environmental efforts. The idea, McConnell said, would be to "give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal".

With the 2020 election already underway, however, a vote will force Democratic members of the Senate to make a political calculation to determine whether or not they will support the bill. The legislation, co-sponsored by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has received much backlash since its roll-out. Schumer said. "What are they going to put forward?" However, it's received far less support and more pause from moderate Democrats while receiving criticism from Republicans. The Senate will vote on new climate change legislation known as the Green New Deal, McConnell told reporters.

"It is so interesting to watch this very hard left turn the Democrat Party has taken, and it's also interesting to watch all of these Democrat presidential candidates rubber-stamp this Green New Deal", Sen.

The Kentucky Republican's maneuver is likely an effort to both get the many Democratic senators running for president on the record on the resolution, as well as to demonstrate that there are senators on both sides of the aisle opposed to the outline. The resolution calls for universal health care, a guarantee of high-wage jobs to American workers displaced by the rapid transition away from fossil fuels, and explicit protections for marginalized communities and indigenous tribes.

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