McConnell takes aim at Ocasio-Cortez with Green New Deal vote

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that he intends to call up the "Green New Deal " for a vote in the Senate.

"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", McConnell said.

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The Green New Deal resolution unveiled last Thursday is a nonbinding measure meant to define the scope of what future legislation requires to make a serious dent in surging greenhouse gas emissions.

"Broadly speaking, a vote on the resolution will do little more for Republicans than further elevate an issue on which they're deeply at odds with public opinion".

Almost all of the Democratic senators running for president have thrown their support behind the Green New Deal, but the bill does not enjoy the same success among the rest of Democratic senators, with only 11 of 47 supporting the deal, according to a report from CNBC. Independent Senator Bernie Sanders co-sponsored the deal but has not said definitively whether he will run in 2020. "So I would vote yes, but I would also - if it got down to the nitty-gritty of an actual legislation as opposed to, 'oh here's some goals we have, ' that would be different for me".

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"I would depend on the FAA and the other federal agencies that focus on air travel to tackle that question", Chandra Farley, the Director of Just Energy answered.

If I may borrow a rather good point from Twitchy: "There's no time for a debate or a "national conversation" on climate change: the earth only has 12 years left according to Ocasio-Cortez".

It's hard to say whether McConnell will be successful in his bid to rattle Democrats on the fence about a resolution that promises so much so quickly.

Others are (tepidly) admiring the Republican leader's strategy.

"Along with abolishing farting cows, beefing up high-speed rail so that airplanes can be banned is a key element in the proposal, " the National Republican Congressional Committee said Tuesday.

During the government shutdown last month, McConnell blocked an attempt by Senate Democrats to force a vote on a House-passed spending bill to reopen the government that lacked Trump's backing. In July 2017, Republicans forced a vote on a single-payer health care system. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), who co-sponsored the resolution in the Senate, said the proposal's principles "resonate with the American people - a mission to save all of creation by investing in massive job creation".

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