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

Lamar Ellis
February 13, 2019

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has previously said that he wouldn't bring legislation to a vote in the Senate that the president wouldn't sign. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) seemed to downplay the deal, referring to the bill as a "green dream".

The plan goes far beyond energy to urge national health care coverage and job guarantees, as well as high-quality education, affordable housing and a high-speed rail network.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, who lost in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary, has also supported the Green New Deal, which calls for reducing auto and plane travel.

If any Democrat is gullible enough to agree to McConnell's vote, they could expose themselves to these sort of simplified charges, which Trump reportedly considers a key to attracting voters outside his base. "Ocasio-Cortez tried to claim over the weekend that the FAQ, sent to news outlets such as NPR and uploaded on her congressional website, is not really part of the Green New Deal's policy proposals".

The initiative was unveiled by Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a rising political star, and Senator Edward Markey.

"I would just say that it's going to be crucially important for us to recognize and understand when we outlaw plane travel, we outlaw gasoline, we outlaw cars, I think actually probably the entire USA military, because of the Green New Deal, that we are able to explain to our constituents and to people all across this country what that really means", Cheney said.

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But the numbers are growing. "It would mean banning all airplanes", Cruz said. His status as the vice chair of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus suggests he could help woo Republican support for the measure.

"Republicans don't want to debate climate change, they only want to deny it", Markey said in responding to McConnell. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) told Ocasio-Cortez she was in over her head. Ocasio-Cortez's spokesman also sent reporters a memo in which the congresswoman's office contradicted the resolution by taking positions on agricultural emissions, nuclear energy and air travel that did not appear in the formal legislation.

The document introduced last week marked the first formal attempt by lawmakers to define legislation to create big government-led investments in clean energy, infrastructure and social programs. "I really don't like their policy of taking away your auto, of taking away your airplane rights, of 'let's hop a train to California, ' of you're not allowed to own cows anymore!"

Some Republicans even accused Democrats of proposing to do away with treats like ice cream by seeking to address bovine flatulence, which last week's memo highlights as a significant source of greenhouse gases. Say goodbye to dairy, to beef, to family farms, to ranches.

"To me, this is just so extreme", said John Barrasso of Wyoming.

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