McConnell promises vote on Democrats' Green New Deal
- Author: Rogelio Becker Feb 14, 2019,
Feb 14, 2019, 0:44
Sure, McConnell may have been trying to put Democrats on the spot, but if the latter is so adamant about their Green New Deal, why wouldn't they be celebrating and jumping at the chance to vote on it?
It is unclear how Democratic senators will vote on the possibility of a Green New Deal once it is brought to the Senate floor. "It is a bad deal for the American public". The Senate vote will test how far left those candidates are willing to go, risking leaving moderate voters behind.
Unlike past efforts to reduce emissions, the Green New Deal takes stock of the fact that climate change uniquely touches on nearly every part of the economy and threatens to wildly exacerbate a vast slate of social ills, including disease, poverty and structural racism.
Since the Green New Deal resolution was introduced last week, President Donald Trump, Republican lawmakers, and right-wing pundits have spread hysterical falsehoods about the measure and decried it as a "socialist fever dream" that would be political suicide for Democrats to support.
Republicans largely remained silent on the Green New Deal late a year ago when Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and a cadre of left-leaning Democrats began demanding a select committee in the House devoted to the proposal. The ambitious proposal met a reality check Tuesday as California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared there "isn't a path" for completing a high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco - although Newsom's office said later that he isn't walking away from the project. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, though technically an independent, has also said that he might run for president in 2020.
"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", Trump told the crowd. The principles of the Green New Deal resonate with the American people - a mission to save all of creation by investing in massive job creation. Senate Democrats used a similar tactic when Republicans introduced a single-payer health care amendment to their 2017 health care bill.
The resolution submitted to the House and Senate makes no mention of cows or air travel.
Others are (tepidly) admiring the Republican leader's strategy.
Sen. Chuck Schumer invited McGrath to the Democratic Party headquarters last month to talk about the 2020 race, according to Mark Nickolas, McGrath's former campaign manager, who was speaking to Politico. Ocasio-Cortez has since disavowed the FAQ, which was posted on her website, and suggested her political enemies disseminated the document to sabotage the proposal.