The plan, initially championed by freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, calls for a New Deal-style mobilization to shift the United States economy away from fossil fuels such as oil and coal and replace them with renewable sources such as wind and solar power.
The joint resolution by Democrats was proposed last week by New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts Sen. The plan calls for a New Deal-style mobilization to shift the US economy away from fossil fuels such as oil and coal and replace them with renewable sources such as wind and solar power.
The Green New Deal also promises to prioritize fighting climate change, pollution and other threats to the environment that risk undermining the sustainability of life on this planet. By rushing a vote on the #GreenNewDeal resolution, Republicans want to avoid a true national debate & kill our efforts to organize. "I think we need to aggressively support climate change [legislation]". "We can't let Republicans sabotage it".
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?
Ocasio-Cortez countered that Trump is not equipped to give criticism of her House resolution since he "can't even read briefings written in full sentences". "I think people should call his bluff".
If any Democrat is gullible enough to agree to McConnell's vote, they could expose themselves to these sort of simplified charges, which Trump reportedly considers a key to attracting voters outside his base. -Sunrise Movement " This vote forces every member of the Senate to make a choice: will you vote for a plan to guarantee every American clean air and water, a stable climate, and a good job? Schumer asked reporters. "What are they going to put forward?"
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.
A number of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are co-sponsors of the bill including senators Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, and Kirsten Gillibrand.
Problems in the Democratic rollout of the proposal have further fueled the Republican attacks. 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.