McConnell wields Green New Deal as a bludgeon against Democrats

Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mc Connell speaks after a Republican policy lunch on Capitol Hill in Washington

Mitch McConnell is going to force Senate Democrats to cast a vote on progressives' Green New Deal

Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.) thinks that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is trying to "sabotage" the Green New Deal by allowing the Senate to vote on the issue.

The plan, initially championed by freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, calls for a New Deal-style mobilization to shift the U.S. economy away from fossil fuels such as oil and coal and replace them with renewable sources such as wind and solar power.

McConnell announced during a news conference Tuesday that the vote would "give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal". The ambitious proposal has been spearheaded by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat from NY.

It also immediately provoked controversy.

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The Wyoming congresswoman further questioned the panel on how moving toward net zero emissions over a 10-year period would be executed and how to prioritize who flies and for what reasons. It was officially unveiled to Congress last week by Ocasio-Cortez and Democratic Senator Edward Markey in the form of nonbinding resolutions.

The proposal includes progressive agenda items like universal healthcare and a federal jobs guarantee.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY also dismissed McConnell's plans for a vote.

In direct contrast to comments he made last month regarding "political stunts", it appears Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to do just that.

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"They [Republicans] have offered no plan to address this economic and national security threat and want to sabotage any effort that makes Big Oil and corporate polluters pay", he said in a statement. And it's picking up momentum in the Senate, too, especially among White House contenders such as Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, and Kirsten Gillibrand.

"It is so interesting to watch this very hard left turn the Democrat Party has taken, and it's also interesting to watch all of these Democrat presidential candidates rubber-stamp this Green New Deal", Sen. 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.

The forthcoming vote isn't the first time Senate Republicans forced Democratic presidential hopefuls to go on the record about a liberal proposal they believe will alienate moderate voters later. She has opted to frame it as one of potentially many anti-climate-change proposals.

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

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