"I've noted with great interest the Green New Deal, and we're going to be voting on that in the Senate, give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal", McConnell said. This is a put up or shut up moment for the Democrats, as all of the current Democratic presidential candidates for 2020 have signed onto the Green New Deal.
President Donald Trump slammed it as not much more than "a high school term paper".
The resolution isn't expected to pass the Republican-controlled Senate, where moderate Democrats have been reluctant to voice support for it.
No, the sad reality is a majority of Democrats understand the proposals in the bill are so far out in left field, they couldn't actually implement it without destroying the economy. "A Green New Deal is about jobs, and it is about justice". A copy of the new legislation published on Ocasio-Cortez's website was pulled off very soon after.
Unlike past efforts to reduce emissions, the Green New Deal takes stock of the fact that climate change uniquely touches on nearly every part of the economy and threatens to wildly exacerbate a vast slate of social ills, including disease, poverty and structural racism.
Unable to get an answer from the panel on whether the Green New Deal would require the government to set up a "vacation commissar", Cheney asked who among them supports Ocasio-Cortez's proposal.
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Morrison last week ruled out calling a snap election if his government was defeated over the "stupid" bill. Morrison said he would repeal the "foolish law" if his government were re-elected.
So far, most of the senators seeking the Democratic nomination for president back it, including Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California, Elizabeth Warren of MA and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.
The resolution submitted to the House and Senate makes no mention of cows or air travel. Democrats including Ocasio-Cortez of NY and veteran Sen.
"There's a lot of people now going back on the Green New Deal, they're like 'Oh it's impractical, oh it's too expensive, oh it's all of this, '" Senator Cory Booker (D., N.J.), one of the many Democratic presidential hopefuls, said during a speech in Mason City, Iowa Friday. "So, look, the political stunts are not going to get us anywhere". The GOP-controlled Senate scheduled a symbolic vote on single-payer health care legislation in 2017, a decision also created to put Democrats on the spot, and in January brought up foreign policy legislation that took on the boycott movement against Israel. Ed Markey of Mass. are calling for a Green New Deal meant to transform the USA economy to combat climate change and create jobs in renewable energy. Ocasio-Cortez subsequently paired up with Markey to begin working on the resolution.
In direct contrast to comments he made last month regarding "political stunts", it appears Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to do just that.