McConnell: Yes, We'll Be Voting on the Green New Deal

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

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has previously said that he wouldn't bring legislation to a vote in the Senate that the president wouldn't sign.

The Green New Deal House resolution introduced last week calls for the elimination of United States greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 through massive investments in clean energy sources and millions of jobs.

During the government shutdown last month, McConnell blocked an attempt by Senate Democrats to force a vote on a House-passed spending bill to reopen the government that lacked Trump's backing.

"I've noted with 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 Nw Deal, ' he stated".

The Green New Deal would do none of those things, according to The Washington Post's Fact Checker, which analyzed what's actually in the proposal.

While a number of Senate Democrats have endorsed the Green New Deal, including some who have declared presidential bids for 2020, others have exercised more caution when asked if they will support the measure.

Endorsing some form of a Green New Deal has become a litmus test for Democrats going into the 2020 campaign. "The Green New Deal resolution has struck a powerful chord in this country, and Republicans, climate deniers, and the fossil fuel industry are going to end up on the wrong side of history".

When the resolution came out on Thursday, roughly 65 House Democrats co-sponsored it, while fewer than a dozen senators did the same. It was officially unveiled to Congress last week by Ocasio-Cortez and Democratic Senator Edward Markey in the form of nonbinding resolutions. 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. 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 vehicle, of taking away your airplane rights, of 'let's hop a train to California, ' of you're not allowed to own cows anymore!"

Markey predicted more Democrats would sign on as the plan gets better known and said some Republicans may back it.

A bipartisan panel of House and Senate members announced a tentative border funding deal Tuesday, drawing criticism from conservatives who opposed a hard cap on ICE detention beds. Livestock will be banned.

Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, however, called the plan "raw deal" that would drive "a stake into the heart of our economy", Politico reported.

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