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

Sen. Sherrod Brown D-Ohio speaks at a rally in Brunswick Ohio Jan. 30

"I've noted with great interest the Green New Deal".

Markey and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY led the unveiling of a resolution laying the groundwork for aggressive policy proposals created to combat climate change, which critics argue could be too costly to the economy and in some cases outright not feasible. It was officially unveiled to Congress last week by Ocasio-Cortez and Democratic Senator Edward Markey in the form of nonbinding resolutions.

On Tuesday, Senator McConnell said he would bring the "Green New Deal" the floor for a vote.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) listens during a news conference following a weekly policy luncheon Tuesday on Capitol Hill. "It is a bad deal for the American public". The ambitious proposal met a reality check Tuesday as California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared there "isn't a path" for completing a high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco - although Newsom's office said later that he isn't walking away from the project. As a result, he accused Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and his Democratic colleagues of conducting a "political stunt".

"But McConnell is hoping to put Democrats in an uncomfortable political position with this vote, especially since the Green New Deal's rollout has already been marred by mistakes and mixed messages". And it made the impolitic statement, "We set a goal to get to net-zero, rather than zero emissions, in 10 years because we aren't sure that we'll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast".

Schumer offered his own challenge to McConnell.

When confronted with the multi-billion-dollar price tag most experts place on the proposal, its allies have argued that climate change is an existential threat that necessitates a national mobilization effort unseen since World World War II. "Even when it comes down to something like air travel ... that means the government is going to be telling people where they can fly to and where they can't".

The proposals known as the Green New Deal were crafted in conjunction with Senator Ed Markey of MA.

Ocasio-Cortez's comments suggesting millionaires may have to pay 70 percent in taxes to fund the Green New Deal, coupled with a rocky unveiling, have not helped her case in winning over her more moderate colleagues.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi previously told Politico the Green New Deal was a "suggestion", saying it will "be one of severalm or maybe many suggestions that we receive". "The green dream or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they're for it right?"

The climate measure is already supported by at least five senators seeking the Democratic nomination for president: Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California, Elizabeth Warren of MA and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has also expressed his support for the initiative, but has not formally announced whether he will run for president in 2020.

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