McConnell to call Senate vote on Democrats' Green New Deal

McConnell to call Senate vote on Democrats' Green New Deal

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

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. Rather than fall for the ploy, Democrats voted "present", except for red-state Democratic senators who voted no. Scientists have said that dramatic, immediate action is necessary to stem the catastrophic effects of climate change. Kamala Harris D-Calif., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Cory Booker, D-N.J. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, told a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor that "I don't need to co-sponsor every bill that others think they need to co-sponsor to show my progressive politics". McGrath reportedly listened to what the New York Senator had to say, and she did not rule out a possible run. "I see it as a jumpstart".

"Broadly speaking, a vote on the resolution will do little more for Republicans than further elevate an issue on which they're deeply at odds with public opinion".

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

"I would depend on the FAA and the other federal agencies that focus on air travel to tackle that question", Chandra Farley, the Director of Just Energy answered. Ocasio-Cortez has subsequently described the fact sheet, which has been deleted from her website, as a "draft". While some environmental advocates applauded the plan's grand scope, experts said the plan's aim to get to net-zero carbon emissions in 10 years seemed unrealistic.

Senate GOP leaders who joined McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, at a news conference in Washington on Tuesday criticized the measure, saying it would increase energy costs. The GOP-controlled Senate scheduled a symbolic vote on single-payer health care legislation in 2017, a decision also created to put Democrats on the spot, and in January brought up foreign policy legislation that took on the boycott movement against Israel. McConnell's aim is to split Democrats between the left-leaning members vying for the passions of their party's base and more moderate senators who view the proposal as radical and disruptive. When asked about the Green New Deal on Tuesday, Senator Sherrod Brown of OH, who is reportedly considering a presidential run, said that he supports a Green New Deal but is "not going to take a position on every bill that's coming out".

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