McConnell Trolls Democrats By Pledging A Vote On The Green New Deal

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday night his plan to call a full Senate vote on the Democrats" recently unveiled "Green New Deal, ' demanding liberal lawmakers go "on the record" regarding the massive government expansion project.

"I've noted with great interest the Green New Deal, and we're going to be voting on that in the Senate", McConnell said at a Senate Republican news conference.

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McConnell's scheduling a vote is strategic, intended to leverage a lack of Democratic unity behind the Green New Deal as a means to tackle climate change. However, it's received far less support and more pause from moderate Democrats while receiving criticism from Republicans. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. Sen. The ambitious proposal has been spearheaded by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Almost all Democrats in Congress who are running for president in 2020 have expressed support for the measure.

"In a few short months the Green New Deal has become the vision for our future that most Americans want, and that terrifies the GOP", Ocasio-Cortez spokesman Corbin Trent said in a statement.

"I would assume we're going to set up a situation where the FAA can tell individual citizens which of their air travel is worthy and important and what isn't", Cheney replied.

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Have rising sea levels and worsening forest fires convinced the Republican leader to reassess his position on climate change?

"Along with abolishing farting cows, beefing up high-speed rail so that airplanes can be banned is a key element in the proposal, " the National Republican Congressional Committee said Tuesday.

When the resolution came out on Thursday, roughly 65 House Democrats co-sponsored it, while fewer than a dozen senators did the same. 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.

The proposals known as the Green New Deal were crafted in conjunction with Senator Ed Markey of MA.

"Instead of trying to cause mischief, the #Republican Party should put forward its own serious proposal to address #climatechange", Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.

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