McConnell: Yes, We'll Be Voting on the Green New Deal

McConnell: Yes, We'll Be Voting on the Green New Deal

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday afternoon that he will put the plan to a vote, a move aimed at putting Senate Democrats on the spot-especially the growing ranks of those running for president, almost all of whom have co-sponsored it.

The plan, initially championed by freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, calls for a New Deal-style mobilization to shift the USA economy away from fossil fuels such as oil and coal and replace them with renewable sources such as wind and solar.

"I really don't like their policy of taking away your auto, of taking away your airplane rights", President Donald Trump said at a rally in El Paso, Texas, on Monday, referring to the memo. "Give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal", McConnell told reporters at a press conference on Capitol Hill.

Almost all of the Democratic senators angling for the party's presidential nomination are co-sponsoring the non-binding resolution, including Kamala Harris of California, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Kirsten Gillibrand of NY and Cory Booker of New Jersey.

The legislation, a sweeping package of climate-change measures unveiled by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY, has drawn a tepid response from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who didn't explicitly throw her support behind the ideas. Elizabeth Warren - all of whom have declared they will run for the Democrat nominee in the 2020 presidential race.

Markey predicted more Democrats would sign on as the plan gets better known and said some Republicans may back it. McConnell's aim is to split Democrats between the left-leaning members vying for the passions of their party's base and more moderate senators who view the proposal as radical and disruptive. Senate Democrats used a similar tactic when Republicans introduced a single-payer health care amendment to their 2017 health care bill.

The resolution calls for the United States to eliminate additional emissions of "planet-warming" carbon dioxide by 2030.

And then there are the guaranteed jobs "with a family sustaining wage". "The Green New Deal resolution has struck a powerful chord in this country, and Republicans, climate deniers, and the fossil fuel industry are going to end up on the wrong side of history".

The resolution submitted to the House and Senate makes no mention of cows or air travel.

After widespread ridicule, Ocasio-Cortez removed from her congressional website an FAQ summarizing the plan.

The plan actually calls for expansion of public transit and high speed rail, to reduce dependence on cars and planes.

"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.

Other Republicans are prepared to watch with glee.