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

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

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

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.

Senate GOP leaders who joined McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, at a news conference in Washington on Tuesday criticized the measure, saying it would increase energy costs. We're having the first national conversation on climate change in a decade.

According to a GOP strategist that spoke with Axios, Republicans will emphasize the Green New Deal among "middle, lower classes and poverty stricken areas of America", broad constituencies crucial to either party's 2020 hopes.

The legislation, a sweeping package of climate-change measures unveiled by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY, has drawn a tepid response from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who didn't explicitly throw her support behind the ideas. We can't let Republicans sabotage it. 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.

It's no wonder McConnell seemed uncharacteristically gleeful when he said he'd be bringing the Green New Deal to the Senate for a vote. When asked about the Green New Deal on Tuesday, Senator Sherrod Brown of OH, who is reportedly considering a presidential run, said that he supports a Green New Deal but is "not going to take a position on every bill that's coming out".

Noting his own state's mix of fossil fuels and renewables, Cramer said he's anxious to explore some energy deals with Democrats.

"Bring it on. Seriously, if he wants to bring a nonbinding resolution to the floor that is backed by 80 percent of Americans, give the people of Colorado a reason to vote Cory Gardner out of office", Miller said. On Monday, Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-N.Y.), a moderate Democrat from Long Island with a seat on the powerful House Committee on Ways and Means, said he would support the resolution. "McConnell is trying to intimidate Democrats and end debate on the Green New Deal to stop this freight train of momentum because he knows he's losing, but all he'll do is show just how out of touch Republican elected officials are from their voters". Schumer said. "What are they going to put forward?"

Co-sponsors of the "Green New Deal" resolution include many Democratic 2020 hopefuls, including Sens.

"The resolution will surely be opposed by some Democratic centrists", he concluded. "The fact that they're going to remodel every home and house and building in America, they're guaranteeing jobs and benefits to every single American, paying the unwilling to work, income redistribution".

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