McConnell: We will vote on the 'Green New Deal'

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez waves to the crowd after speaking at Women's Unity Rally in Lower Manhattan in New York. Democrats including Ocasio Cortez of New York and veteran Sen. Ed Markey of Mass.


The goal is to transition the USA economy away from burning fossil fuels and emitting greenhouse gasses blamed for climate change, rising sea levels and severe storms.

McConnell and other Republicans oppose the plan but are hoping to force Senate Democrats - including a crowd of 2020 presidential candidates - to vote on a proposal Republicans say would drive the economy off a cliff and lead to a huge tax increase. "I really don't like their policy of taking away your vehicle, of taking away your airplane rights, of 'let's hop a train to California, ' of you're not allowed to own cows anymore!"

Sen. Bernie Sanders, who lost in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary, has also supported the Green New Deal, which calls for reducing vehicle and plane travel.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., introduced the resolution earlier this week with dozens of cosponsors, including 11 of the 47 Democrats in the Senate.

"I don't need to co-sponsor every bill that others think they need to co-sponsor to show my progressive politics", he told reporters.

The plan outlines some of the most aggressive climate goals ever put forward by Democratic lawmakers and clashes dramatically with the Trump administration's efforts to advance domestic oil, gas and coal production by rolling back environmental protections. As Vox's Matthew Yglesias points out, "They ran this exact play on the Sanders Medicare for All bill" in the Senate in 2017, when Montana Republican Steve Daines pasted a Democratic single-payer insurance plan onto one of the failed Obamacare repeal attempts. Rather than expose of rift in the party, 43 Democrats chose to vote "present" as a show of frustration with the politically motivated maneuver.

The resolution calls for the United States to eliminate additional emissions of "planet-warming" carbon dioxide by 2030.

The plan goes far beyond energy to urge national health care coverage and job guarantees, as well as high-quality education, affordable housing and a high-speed rail network.

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"This is now a voting issue across the country", Markey said last week.

Cruz even took shot at phantom provisions that Republicans have said are in the Green New Deal, like when he said "socialist payments and a guaranteed income to people who are quote 'unwilling to work.'.You know, there used to be a term for people who are unwilling to work".

Ocasio-Cortez countered that Trump is not equipped to give criticism of her House resolution since he "can't even read briefings written in full sentences".

The resolution submitted to the House and Senate makes no mention of cows or air travel.

Almost all of the Democratic senators running for president have thrown their support behind the Green New Deal, but the bill does not enjoy the same success among the rest of Democratic senators, with only 11 of 47 supporting the deal, according to a report from CNBC.

The forthcoming vote isn't the first or the last time Senate Republicans forced Democratic presidential hopefuls to go on the record about a liberal proposal they believe will alienate moderate voters later.

It's unclear exactly what kind of measure McConnell plans to bring up for a vote in the Senate.

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