McConnell Wants to Troll Democrats With Green New Deal Vote

McConnell Wants to Troll Democrats With Green New Deal Vote

Kerry Wise
February 14, 2019

McConnell said he will have the chamber vote on the initiative to "give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel". Rather than fall for the ploy, Democrats voted "present", except for red-state Democratic senators who voted no. When asked about the Green New Deal on Tuesday, Senator Sherrod Brown of OH, who is reportedly considering a presidential run, said that he supports a Green New Deal but is "not going to take a position on every bill that's coming out".

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.

Liz Cheney grilled environmental experts on their travel methods at a House hearing on climate change while discussing the Green New Deal's call to phase out air travel.

If any Democrat is gullible enough to agree to McConnell's vote, they could expose themselves to these sort of simplified charges, which Trump reportedly considers a key to attracting voters outside his base.

President Donald Trump's administration opposes action on climate change and favors boosting US production of oil, gas and coal.

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McConnell is eager to get Senate Democrats on the record about their support for the resolution introduced last week by Senator Ed Markey of MA and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY. As a result, he accused Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and his Democratic colleagues of conducting a "political stunt". But Trump's comments referred to a fact sheet of "Frequently Asked Questions" distributed by Ocasio-Cortez's office prior to a news conference last week. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, though technically an independent, has also said that he might run for president in 2020.

Problems in the Democratic rollout of the proposal have further fueled the Republican attacks.

Have rising sea levels and worsening forest fires convinced the Republican leader to reassess his position on climate change? The legislation is widely expected to get voted down by a wide margin.

"Instead of trying to cause mischief, the #Republican Party should put forward its own serious proposal to address #climatechange", Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. 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.