McConnell "called for a vote in the Senate on the Green New Deal, and the Democrats are having a cow!" Read Breitbart News' original report below.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that he will schedule a vote on the Green New Deal, a sweeping climate and economic plan spearheaded by first-year Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.).
"I've noted with interest the "Green New Deal" and we're going to be voting on that in the Senate, we'll give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the 'Green Nw Deal, ' he stated". Edward Markey (D-Mass.) introduced the Green New Deal, a resolution calling for a massive, government-driven overhaul of the USA economy in order to address climate change, Markey tweeted that the plan's "transformative legislative goals are what is needed to address the generational challenge of climate change".
Markey and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY led the unveiling of a resolution laying the groundwork for aggressive policy proposals created to combat climate change, which critics argue could be too costly to the economy and in some cases outright not feasible. Ed Markey (D-MA).The plan goes far beyond energy to urge national health care coverage and job guarantees, as well as high-quality education and affordable housing.
It also calls for upgrading all existing buildings in the United States to be energy-efficient.
Markey predicted more Democrats would sign on as the plan gets better known and said some Republicans may back it.
Whatever happens next, it's becoming increasingly clear that the Green New Deal is turning into something the two parties think they can use to their advantage.
Republicans view the proposal to transition to clean energy as a winning wedge issue in the 2020 elections. "This, perhaps counterintuitively, makes an up-or-down vote extraordinarily convenient for activists supporting the Green New Deal-from groups like the Sunrise Movement, Indivisible, and the Sierra Club-who will be able to put pressure on those who reject the resolution in the months ahead".
"H$3 e's banking on people not being courageous", Ocasio-Cortez told the Washington Post. "So I would vote yes, but I would also - if it got down to the nitty-gritty of an actual legislation as opposed to, 'oh here's some goals we have, ' that would be different for me". Republican lawmakers denounced the plan as a radical proposal that would drive the economy off a cliff and lead to a huge tax increase.
Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) called the "Green New Deal" an "aspirational document" with goals he supports. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), who chairs the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
McConnell and Pelosi are arguably the most savvy political tactitions for each party, and they both appear to believe that the Green New Deal, and the all-encompassing progressive policy agenda it represents, is a clear misstep.