Sunday, 17 February, 2019

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

Ocasio Cortez and Senator Ed Markey hold a news conference for their proposed Mitch McConnell is going to force Senate Democrats to cast a vote on progressives' Green New Deal
Patty Aguilar | 13 February, 2019, 23:22

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY also dismissed McConnell's plans for a vote.

The climate measure is already supported by at least five senators seeking the Democratic nomination for president: Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California, Elizabeth Warren of MA and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.

The Green New Deal was introduced with great fanfare last week, as dozens of members of Congress gathered for a news conference to roll out the sweeping new initiative aimed at weaning the USA completely off fossil fuels over the next decade.

Spearheaded by Ocasio-Cortez, of NY, and Democratic Sen.

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. By rushing a vote on the #GreenNewDeal resolution, Republicans want to avoid a true national debate & kill our efforts to organize.

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"Don't let Mitch McConnell fool you: this is nothing but an attempt to sabotage the movement we are building. I think we need to aggressively support climate change [legislation]". "Even when it comes down to something like air travel ... that means the government is going to be telling people where they can fly to and where they can't".

Trent, the spokesman for Ocasio-Cortez, predicted the Green New Deal gambit would backfire on Republicans. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.). However, it's received far less support and more pause from moderate Democrats while receiving criticism from Republicans.

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".

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.

The Kentucky Republican's maneuver is likely an effort to both get the many Democratic senators running for president on the record on the resolution, as well as to demonstrate that there are senators on both sides of the aisle opposed to the outline. The resolution calls for universal health care, a guarantee of high-wage jobs to American workers displaced by the rapid transition away from fossil fuels, and explicit protections for marginalized communities and indigenous tribes.

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