Mitch McConnell to Force Green New Deal Vote to 'Rattle' Democrats


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made a decisive move Tuesday, saying that he hopes President Donald Trump will "decide to sign" the compromise border deal brokered by a bipartisan group of lawmakers.

The Green New Deal, as written in Ocasio-Cortez's proposal, offers a broad plan to fight climate change with room for more specific policies to make the United States carbon neutral in 10 years. 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 author of that proposal, freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) was unhappy about additional funding being given to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the agency she has campaigned on abolishing.

During the government shutdown last month, McConnell blocked an attempt by Senate Democrats to force a vote on a House-passed spending bill to reopen the government that lacked Trump's backing.

"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.

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. Thus far, only one candidate, Amy Klobuchar, has explicitly stated she would not support the legislation, while Democrats including Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Cory Booker have expressed their support.

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"I think it is very important for the Democrats to press forward with their Green New Deal", he tweeted.

There's been word the resolution might not even get a vote in the Democratic-controlled House.

When the resolution came out on Thursday, roughly 65 House Democrats co-sponsored it, while fewer than a dozen senators did the same. On Monday, Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-N.Y.), a moderate Democrat from Long Island with a seat on the powerful House Committee on Ways and Means, said he would support the resolution.

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

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Ocasio-Cortez introduced two companion resolutions to bring the Green New Deal to vote last week.

"It may be that this becomes a consensus position in the Democratic caucus, I'm just not sure everybody's there yet", Murphy said of the climate change legislation. "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!" John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.