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Mitch McConnell wields Green New Deal as bludgeon against Democrats

13 February 2019, 11:20 | Devin Moran

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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 Senate will vote on the Green New Deal, a moonshot plan by Democrats to combat climate change, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday, announcing a move created to force Senate Democrats - including a cast of presidential candidates - into a political bind.

McConnell was speaking with reporters at the US Capitol when he confirmed the vote; saying he's "noted with great interest" Rep. Ocasio-Cortez' newest proposal.

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The Green New Deal would do none of those things, according to The Washington Post's Fact Checker, which analyzed what's actually in the proposal.

While a number of Senate Democrats have endorsed the Green New Deal, including some who have declared presidential bids for 2020, others have exercised more caution when asked if they will support the measure. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, though technically an independent, has also said that he might run for president in 2020.

"I would depend on the FAA and the other federal agencies that focus on air travel to tackle that question", Chandra Farley, the Director of Just Energy answered.




"In the coming weeks", the group concluded, "Sunrise Movement's army of young people will be taking action to expose the moral bankruptcy of GOP elites and invite all Senate Democrats to join Senator Markey in championing the first-ever resolution to rise to the scale and urgency of the climate crisis". While some environmental advocates applauded the plan's grand scope, experts said the plan's aim to get to net-zero carbon emissions in 10 years seemed unrealistic.

But Democrats facing competitive reelection battles could find themselves vulnerable to Republican attacks on the issue - although voting "present" to avoid having to take a position on the matter is one potential strategy.

"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. Senate Democrats used a similar tactic when Republicans introduced a single-payer health care amendment to their 2017 health care bill.

"It is way out of the mainstream of the American public to the point that it is scary", Barrasso said.

"It is so interesting to watch this very hard left turn the Democrat Party has taken, and it's also interesting to watch all of these Democrat presidential candidates rubber-stamp this Green New Deal", Sen.



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