WASHINGTON ― Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) promised on Tuesday that he would allow a vote on the Green New Deal, the climate and energy proposal advanced by progressives that is meant to address the threat of climate change.
Spearheaded by Ocasio-Cortez, of NY, and Democratic Sen.
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.
"Give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal", McConnell told reporters at a press conference on Capitol Hill.
He offered no date for the vote.
Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Ocasio-Cortez introduced two companion resolutions to bring the Green New Deal to vote last week.
"While those things could be *part* of a solution, the GND resolution says they are inadequate as the whole answer".
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The Green New Deal has already been met with controversy within the Democratic Party. It calls for an upgrade to infrastructure, building resiliency to climate change-related natural disasters and working with farmers to reduce emissions.
"I would assume we're going to set up a situation where the FAA can tell individual citizens which of their air travel is worthy and important and what isn't", Cheney replied. 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.
Republicans showed on Tuesday that they are ready to use the resolution as a political weapon against those Democrats. Ocasio-Cortez has subsequently described the fact sheet, which has been deleted from her website, as a "draft".
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.
Others are (tepidly) admiring the Republican leader's strategy. In July 2017, Republicans forced a vote on a single-payer health care system. The legislation is widely expected to get voted down by a wide margin. 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.
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