Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday he will hold a vote on the progressives' Green New Deal - and looks forward to members going on record to support a plan the GOP has lambasted as unacceptably radical, Politico reported.
He didn't say when that vote might occur, but when it does, it's likely to cause some headaches for Democrats who are eyeing a presidential bid, and who need to try to balance competing interests within their party.
The Green New Deal House resolution introduced last week calls for the elimination of United States greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 through massive investments in clean energy sources and millions of jobs. It suggests an end to air travel and being fully dependent on renewable fuels - and it also includes language promoting economic redistribution and other social justice goals. The ambitious proposal has been spearheaded by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat from NY. More than 80 percent of registered voters supported the concept of a Green New Deal in a December poll by Yale and George Mason universities.
There's been word the resolution might not even get a vote in the Democratic-controlled House.
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When the resolution came out on Thursday, roughly 65 House Democrats co-sponsored it, while fewer than a dozen senators did the same. A spokesman for the majority leader told HuffPost on Tuesday that he will not be writing his own legislation to address the threat posed by global warming.
The Kentucky Republican's maneuver is likely an effort to both get the many Democratic senators running for president on the record on the resolution, as well as to demonstrate that there are senators on both sides of the aisle opposed to the outline. It was officially unveiled to Congress last week by Ocasio-Cortez and Democratic Senator Edward Markey in the form of nonbinding resolutions. The ambitious proposal has been spearheaded by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
"On Saturday, President Donald Trump mocked the Green New Deal", jokingly calling the Democrats' embrace of the proposal "brilliant". Livestock will be banned. "American favorites like cheeseburgers and milkshake will become a thing of the past", said Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
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