Senate Dems on Green New Deal debate: 'Bring

Senate Dems on Green New Deal debate: 'Bring

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday that the Senate will vote on the Green New Deal resolution introduced last week by a coalition of progressive lawmakers vowing to eliminate all greenhouse-gas emissions within ten years, while simultaneously creating millions of jobs in a government-subsidized green-energy sector.

Ocasio-Cortez-who has led the congressional push to force the Green New Deal into political mainstream-accused McConnell of attempting to "bully" the Democratic Party by plowing ahead with a vote, and argued that Democrats should embrace the opportunity to go on the record in support of bold climate action.

Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy, another cosponsor of the Green New Deal who has said he has no plans to run, told CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday he thinks some version of the plan is "absolutely realistic".

The deal is gaining popularity in the House, where more than 15 percent of representatives have signed on as sponsors.

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

The vote could be a moment of truth for several Democratic presidential candidates. "I'm not going to take position on every bill that's coming out", Sen.

The Green New Deal also promises to prioritize fighting climate change, pollution and other threats to the environment that risk undermining the sustainability of life on this planet. "I think we need to aggressively support climate change [legislation]".

However, plenty of Democrats still aren't sold on the bill - among them, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. "The green dream or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they're for it right?"

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The legislation, a sweeping package of climate-change measures unveiled by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY, has drawn a tepid response from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who didn't explicitly throw her support behind the ideas.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY has met with Amy McGrath, the Democratic nominee in last year's race for Kentucky's 6th District U.S. House seat.

But the numbers are growing.

Problems in the Democratic rollout of the proposal have further fueled the Republican attacks. His status as the vice chair of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus suggests he could help woo Republican support for the measure.

In July of 2017, Republicans brought forward a single-payer health care amendment for a vote, which failed 0-57, all Democrats voting against it. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer slammed the maneuver as "pure cynicism, pure politics" at the time.

The Senate Majority Leader won't be unprepared for such a contest, however. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., aims to transform the country's economy in a bid to combat climate change.

But Ocasio-Cortez is not deterred.

As soon as the ridiculousness of the bill was pointed out, Ocasio-Cortez immediately had the bill yanked off of her website and republished it, accusing Republicans of spreading fake information about her legislation.

President Trump made the Green New Deal a focal point of his first rally of 2019 Monday night in El Paso, mocking it as a "high school term paper that got a low mark". Say goodbye to dairy, to beef, to family farms, to ranches.

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