Republican leader says Senate will vote on Green New Deal

Republican leader says Senate will vote on Green New Deal

McConnell is eager to get Senate Democrats on the record about their support for the resolution introduced last week by Senator Ed Markey of MA and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY. He wants to silence your voice so Republicans don't have to explain why they are climate change deniers.

The Green New Deal was introduced with great fanfare last week, as dozens of members of Congress gathered for a news conference to roll out the sweeping new initiative aimed at weaning the USA completely off fossil fuels over the next decade.

In December, a poll from Yale and George Mason universities found that 81 percent of registered voters supported the goals of a Green New Deal, including 64 percent of Republicans and 57 percent of conservative Republicans. By rushing a vote on the #GreenNewDeal resolution, Republicans want to avoid a true national debate & kill our efforts to organize.

When confronted with the multi-billion-dollar price tag most experts place on the proposal, its allies have argued that climate change is an existential threat that necessitates a national mobilization effort unseen since World World War II.

"Don't let Mitch McConnell fool you: this is nothing but an attempt to sabotage the movement we are building. Give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal", McConnell said with a sly smile during a Tuesday press conference.

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"In a few short months the Green New Deal has become the vision for our future that most Americans want, and that terrifies the GOP", Ocasio-Cortez spokesman Corbin Trent said in a statement. "I think people should call his bluff".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks after a Republican policy lunch on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 29, 2019. "The green dream, or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they're for it, right?" she said.

It's hard to say whether McConnell will be successful in his bid to rattle Democrats on the fence about a resolution that promises so much so quickly. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. Sen.

Problems in the Democratic rollout of the proposal have further fueled the Republican attacks.

The Green New Deal resolution unveiled last Thursday is a nonbinding measure meant to define the scope of what future legislation requires to make a serious dent in surging greenhouse gas emissions.

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