McConnell Plans To Bring Green New Deal To Senate Vote

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"We'll give everybody a chance to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal".

The vote could be a moment of truth for several Democratic presidential candidates.

Republicans have used the Green New Deal to try to sow discord within the Democratic party, painting their political rivals as shifting to the left and embracing extreme policies.

Most of the Senate Democrats running for the 2020 presidential nomination have publicly supported the Green New Deal.

The Republican Party is continuing to highlight the criticisms of the Democrat-led "Green New Deal" as well as the lawmakers who put it together.

However, after McConnell told the press that he would bring the Green New Deal to a vote, Markey took to Twitter to slam the decision. "Today marks the dawn of a new era of climate action", he said.

The Green New Deal, as written in Ocasio-Cortez's proposal, offers a broad plan to fight climate change with room for more specific policies to make the United States carbon neutral in 10 years.

Republicans largely remained silent on the Green New Deal late past year when Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and a cadre of left-leaning Democrats began demanding a select committee in the House devoted to the proposal. Ocasio-Cortez's spokesman also sent reporters a memo in which the congresswoman's office contradicted the resolution by taking positions on agricultural emissions, nuclear energy and air travel that did not appear in the formal legislation.

"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". Independent Senator Bernie Sanders co-sponsored the deal but has not said definitively whether he will run in 2020.

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

"H$3 e's banking on people not being courageous", Ocasio-Cortez told the Washington Post.

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

When the resolution came out on Thursday, roughly 65 House Democrats co-sponsored it, while fewer than a dozen senators did the same.

The vote on the health care legislation didn't quite carry the punch Republicans had hoped.

McConnell and the GOP "are terrified of this winning vision of a just and prosperous future, " he said, adding that McConnell "thinks he can end all debate on the Green New Deal now and stop this freight train of momentum".

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