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

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

Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) indicated that he would soon hold a vote on the plan, which has been endorsed by a number of the Democrats' 2020 presidential contenders in the Senate, including Sens.

"I've noted with great interest the Green New Deal", McConnell told reporters at the Capitol.

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". Ed Markey of MA, the proposal calls for dramatic steps to virtually eliminate USA greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

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".

Republicans have not offered an alternative measure to the Green New Deal and have not indicated they plan to do so.

McConnell wants to get Democratic presidential candidates on the record about the controversial, but nevertheless exciting policy moonshot, so that Republicans can hit them with attacks mischaracterizing the deal, as Trump did at his El Paso rally on Monday: "I really don't like their policy of taking away your auto, of taking away your airplane rights, of 'let's hop a train to California, ' of you're not allowed to own cows anymore!" It includes a range of goals such as a shift to renewable energy sources, carbon neutrality by 2030, and a federal jobs guarantee. Ocasio-Cortez's spokesman also sent reporters a memo in which the congresswoman's office contradicted the resolution by taking positions on agricultural emissions, nuclear energy and air travel that did not appear in the formal legislation.

"In the coming weeks", the group concluded, "Sunrise Movement's army of young people will be taking action to expose the moral bankruptcy of GOP elites and invite all Senate Democrats to join Senator Markey in championing the first-ever resolution to rise to the scale and urgency of the climate crisis". Trump said at the rally.

"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. The move is often used as a political tactic, which would force several Democratic 2020 presidential candidates to go on the record either for or against the radical proposal that has a massive scope and cost. The GOP-controlled Senate scheduled a symbolic vote on single-payer health care legislation in 2017, a decision also created to put Democrats on the spot, and in January brought up foreign policy legislation that took on the boycott movement against Israel. But Democrats didn't take the bait and voted "present" instead.

Republicans showed on Tuesday that they are ready to use the resolution as a political weapon against those Democrats.

With the longest-serving Senate GOP leader, Mitch McConnell's six-year term in the Senate set to expire in January of 2021, Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer is already looking for his opponent.

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