Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced Tuesday that he will hold a Senate vote on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Green New Deal that she introduced last week. 2020 presidential hopefuls were quick to embrace the radical plan that she claims is needed for earth’s sustainability.
The Republicans were not as inclined as the Democrats, pointing out what may be the most far-reaching proposal to ever be considered in Congress, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., unveiled her “Green New Deal” on Thursday – a government-led overhaul of virtually every aspect of American life that would guarantee a host of taxpayer-covered benefits for all and phase out fossil fuels.
Along the way, her office says the plan would aim to make air travel obsolete, upgrade or replace every building in America to ensure energy efficiency and give economic security even to those “unwilling” to work.
“Today is the day that we truly embark on a comprehensive agenda of economic, social and racial justice in the United States of America,” she said alongside Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and other lawmakers outside the Capitol. “That’s what this agenda is all about.”
The plan, which calls for a massive package of big-government proposals including health care for all, quickly picked up the backing of major 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls including Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Cory Booker, D-N.J. — who all co-sponsored the resolution.
The backlash from those who actually read the proposal caused Ocasio-Cortez to completely remove the proposal and the frequently asked questions post from her congressional website. It has not been restored to her congressional website as of Saturday morning but is available via archive and its text saved online.
Business Insider reports:
McConnell’s move is designed to force Senate Democrats, and 2020 contenders in particular, to go on record with whether or not they support the resolution’s far-reaching agenda. The roadmap for potential future legislation includes a 10-year mobilization to decarbonize the economy, a federal jobs guarantee program, and universal healthcare and housing.
“We’ll give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal,” McConnell told reporters on Tuesday afternoon.
In this regard, McConnell’s interests are aligned with progressive activists, who are already pushing aggressively to make the Green New Deal a litmus test for Democrats in 2020.
McConnell confirmed Tuesday afternoon that he will bring a vote on the Green New Deal, telling to reporters on Capitol Hill:
“I’ve noted with great interest the Green New Deal. And we’re going to be voting on that in the Senate. Give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal.”
.@Senatemajldr: "I've noted with great interest the Green New Deal. And we're going to be voting on that in the Senate. Give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the #GreenNewDeal." pic.twitter.com/1HP5lSDjzM
— CSPAN (@cspan) February 12, 2019
The vote has not yet been scheduled.
President Donald Trump and his party have denounced the Green New Deal as a “socialist wish list” and “a laundry list of government giveaways.” Trump told a rally of supporters that the plan would eliminate cars, airplanes, and cows — none of which are proposed in the resolution.
The 14-page nonbinding House resolution is the culmination of months of negotiation among environmental groups, progressive lawmakers, and impacted communities. The measure was cosponsored by nine senators — including several Democratic presidential candidates — and more than 60 House Democrats.
The resolution provides an outline for a series of bills Ocasio-Cortez and her congressional allies plan to write to push forward the environmental and social programs they propose. The GND’s ultimate goal is to make the US economy carbon-neutral by moving to 100% renewable energy, while simultaneously creating jobs and stimulating the economy.
But the lawmakers haven’t all endorsed the specific goals laid out in Ocasio-Cortez’s resolution.
President Trump encouraged the Democrats to ‘press forward with the Green New Deal’ considering it a gift leading into the 2020 election.
I think it is very important for the Democrats to press forward with their Green New Deal. It would be great for the so-called “Carbon Footprint” to permanently eliminate all Planes, Cars, Cows, Oil, Gas & the Military – even if no other country would do the same. Brilliant!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2019