McConnell plans to bring Green New Deal to Senate vote

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Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday he plans to hold a vote on Democrats' Green New Deal climate change resolution, a measure that's not expected to pass the upper chamber.

Even leading Democrats like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen.

And then there are the guaranteed jobs "with a family sustaining wage". Kamala Harris D-Calif., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Cory Booker, D-N.J. Republicans see it - and its rocky rollout promoting elements of the proposal later rescinded - as a political opening.

"For far too long, ideas like a carbon tax or cap-and-trade were touted as the premier solutions to climate change", Ocasio-Cortez said in a series of tweets coinciding with the unveiling of the proposal.

Several of the 2020 presidential contenders have come out in support of the measure, but McConnell is eager to see which of them "go on record" with it. "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".

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But the numbers are growing. "It would mean banning all airplanes", he said. The GOP-controlled Senate scheduled a symbolic vote on single-payer health care legislation in 2017, a decision also created to put prominent liberals on the spot, and in January brought up foreign policy legislation that took on the boycott movement against Israel. A spokesman for the majority leader told HuffPost on Tuesday that he will not be writing his own legislation to address the threat posed by global warming.

"Republicans don't want to debate climate change, they only want to deny it", Markey said in responding to McConnell. Ocasio-Cortez has subsequently described the fact sheet, which has been deleted from her website, as a "draft". The legislation, co-sponsored by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has received much backlash since its roll-out.

That led to widespread mockery of Markey on social media. McConnell wants to get Democratic presidential candidates on the record about the controversial, but nevertheless exciting policy moonshot, so that Republicans can hit them with attacks mischaracterizing the deal, as Trump did at his El Paso rally on Monday: "I really don't like their policy of taking away your vehicle, of taking away your airplane rights, of 'let's hop a train to California, ' of you're not allowed to own cows anymore!" "American favorites like cheeseburgers and milkshake will become a thing of the past", said Sen.

"There's another victim of the Green New Deal, it's ice cream".

Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, however, called the plan "raw deal" that would drive "a stake into the heart of our economy", Politico reported.

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