Republican-Controlled Senate to Vote on Democrats' Green New Deal

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.
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14 February, 2019

The upcoming vote - which has not yet been scheduled - will "give everybody an opportunity to go on record, " McConnell said.

It's not the first time McConnell tried to push Democrats to take a divisive vote.

Republicans have not offered an alternative measure to the Green New Deal and have not indicated they plan to do so.

Ocasio-Cortez and Markey's Green New Deal resolution-which calls for a "national mobilization" to transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030-has already garnered the support of 67 House Democrats and 11 senators, including major 2020 presidential contenders like Sens. According to a GOP strategist that spoke with Axios, Republicans will emphasize the Green New Deal among "middle, lower classes and poverty stricken areas of America", broad constituencies crucial to either party's 2020 hopes.

However, after McConnell told the press that he would bring the Green New Deal to a vote, Markey took to Twitter to slam the decision.

"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.

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McConnell is eager to get Senate Democrats on the record about their support for the resolution introduced last week by Senator Ed Markey of MA and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY. However, it's received far less support and more pause from moderate Democrats while receiving criticism from Republicans. Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, who's likely to enter the Democratic primary soon, is also a supporter.

However, plenty of Democrats still aren't sold on the bill - among them, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

The Senate vote is not yet scheduled, and a spokesman for McConnell said that the Republican leader's office doesn't expect it to come this week. The legislation is widely expected to get voted down by a wide margin. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), who co-sponsored the resolution in the Senate, said the proposal's principles "resonate with the American people - a mission to save all of creation by investing in massive job creation".

"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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