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McConnell Plans To Bring Green New Deal To Senate Vote

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https://www.npr.org/2019/02/12/694060405/mcconnell-plans-to-bring-green-new-deal-to-senate-vote

 

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"I've noted with great interest the Green New Deal, and we're going to be voting on that in the Senate," McConnell said at a Senate Republican news conference. "I'll give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal."

 

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., unveiled the "Green New Deal" framework last week. The legislation is a nonbinding resolution that is meant to outline a plan to massively curtail carbon emissions while undertaking sweeping economic changes to boost jobs and worker rights.

 

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McConnell's goal is not to help the bill pass. Putting it to a vote will force Democrats in the Senate to take a stand on the controversial framework.

 

Markey's office responded with a statement chastising McConnell for threatening to call a vote on the resolution "without committee hearings, expert testimony, or a true national debate."

 

"They have offered no plan to address this economic and national security threat and want to sabotage any effort that makes Big Oil and corporate polluters pay," Markey said.

Broadly speaking, Democrats do support action on climate change — two-thirds say it "should be a top priority for Trump and Congress this year" — but the question is whether they will support the Green New Deal as they learn more about it.

 

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With language like that, he must have had some chuckles with senior Dems and determined that several of them are closer to his view than AOCs. Or you know, he's just an all around dick who loves him some coal. He is presently fighting the TVA over closing down a coal plant in Tennessee when they have specifically stated that the plant does not make economic sense, let alone environmental sense.  He is fighting this closure because he "believes" "coal is a fundamental part of American energy".  

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