Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is going to force Democrat Senators to take a stand on Representative Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” by calling for a vote, as The Hill reports:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Tuesday that the Senate will vote on the “Green New Deal,” an environmental and energy plan touted by progressives.
The deal has no chance of passing the Senate, where it will need 60 votes.
But it will force Senate Democrats, including a slew of 2020 presidential candidates, to vote on the proposal — potentially providing votes for McConnell and the GOP to exploit.
“We’re going to voting on that in the Senate. Give everybody an opportunity to go on record,” McConnell told reporters.
This is a brilliant idea by the Majority Leader. Given that all of the 2020 candidates have signed on to this program it’ll be exciting to see how they actually vote.
Watch Majority Leader McConnell’s statement on holding a vote on the “Green New Deal:”
MCCONNELL: “Good afternoon, everyone.
I brought with me Chairman Shelby to make a statement about the agreement that’s been reached.
Let me say first of all, however, I’ve noted with great interest the Green New Deal. And we’re going to be voting on that in the Senate. We’ll give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal.
Secondly, with regard to the matter that’s before us now, I think Chairman Shelby and Democrats on a bipartisan basis have done a good job; from a Republican point of view, there is money in there for new barrier fencing and there is no cap on interior enforcement.
It’s not everything the president hoped to get but I think it’s a good step in the right direction. I hope he’ll decide to sign it. We’re all quite interested in that as you can imagine.”