Ocasio-Cortez Welcomes McConnell's Call for Rush Vote on Green New Deal

14 February, 2019, 00:42 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mc Connell speaks after a Republican policy lunch on Capitol Hill in Washington

"We'll give everybody a chance to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal". Rather than fall for the ploy, Democrats voted "present", except for red-state Democratic senators who voted no.

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. Sherrod Brown, pointedly declined Tuesday to attach his name and dismissed liberal activists' contention that he has to support the Green New Deal in order to prove his commitment to the issue.

If any Democrat is gullible enough to agree to McConnell's vote, they could expose themselves to these sort of simplified charges, which Trump reportedly considers a key to attracting voters outside his base. Scientists have said that dramatic, immediate action is necessary to stem the catastrophic effects of climate change.

The resolution, which was introduced by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) and Senator Ed Markey (D., Mass.) on Friday, provides a sweeping list of climate-change- and social-justice-related measures including the refurbishing of every structure in the country with renewable-energy technology and the creation of millions of federally funded jobs in the green-energy sector. However, it's received far less support and more pause from moderate Democrats while receiving criticism from Republicans.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has also expressed his support for the initiative, but has not formally announced whether he will run for president in 2020.


"I really don't like their policy of taking away your auto, of taking away your airplane rights, of 'let's hop a train to California, ' of you're not allowed to own cows anymore!"

Others are (tepidly) admiring the Republican leader's strategy.

The bill has 67 co-sponsors in the House, where Democrats are in the majority, and 11 in the Senate, where Republicans outnumber Democrats. It was officially unveiled to Congress last week by Ocasio-Cortez and Democratic Senator Edward Markey in the form of nonbinding resolutions. The legislation is widely expected to get voted down by a wide margin.

Sen. Chuck Schumer invited McGrath to the Democratic Party headquarters last month to talk about the 2020 race, according to Mark Nickolas, McGrath's former campaign manager, who was speaking to Politico. The principles of the Green New Deal resonate with the American people - a mission to save all of creation by investing in massive job creation.

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