Published: Fri, February 15, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

McConnell Wants to Troll Democrats With Green New Deal Vote

McConnell Wants to Troll Democrats With Green New Deal Vote

Earlier this week, McConnell said that the Senate will vote on the Green New Deal - endorsed by almost all top 2020 Democratic presidential candidates - in an effort to force Democrats to officially go on the record for the radical proposal. "Ocasio-Cortez tried to claim over the weekend that the FAQ, sent to news outlets such as NPR and uploaded on her congressional website, is not really part of the Green New Deal's policy proposals". Bernie Sanders of Vermont, though technically an independent, has also said that he might run for president in 2020. "So, look, the political stunts are not going to get us anywhere".

Although Markey and Ocasio-Cortez's office subsequently distanced themselves from the memo, Republicans quickly denounced the resolution as a Trojan horse for more controversial, left-wing proposals that are unlikely to garner the same widespread support those outlined in the resolution might.

After a moment of silence, one of the environmental experts on the panel chimed in to say she supports numerous recommendations outlined in the Green New Deal. However, it's received far less support and more pause from moderate Democrats while receiving criticism from Republicans.

Cheney asked the expert panel, comprised of four Democrat and two Republican witnesses, to state how they each arrived in Washington D.C., for the hearing.

On top of polls showing the Green New Deal is extremely popular, Nwanevu pointed to another survey showing "that 66 percent of Americans want to see action on climate change, with a 45 percent plurality favoring "immediate" action".

"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.

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

By sanctioning a vote, McConnell appears to be betting that the resolution will prove too radical for a good number of Democrats, let alone any Republicans.

It's not the first time McConnell tried to push Democrats to take a divisive vote. And it made the impolitic statement, "We set a goal to get to net-zero, rather than zero emissions, in 10 years because we aren't sure that we'll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast".

The vote on the health care legislation didn't quite carry the punch Republicans had hoped. But Democrats didn't take the bait and voted "present" instead.

McConnell and the GOP "are terrified of this winning vision of a just and prosperous future, " he said, adding that McConnell "thinks he can end all debate on the Green New Deal now and stop this freight train of momentum".

"I support a Green New Deal and aggressively addressing climate change and what it means with infrastructure and other ways", Brown initially told reporters.

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