Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday that the U.S. Senate will vote on a "Green New Deal" introduced by Democrats that aims to slash U.S. carbon dioxide emissions to negligible levels in a decade.
However, plenty of Democrats still aren't sold on the bill - among them, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. It also includes non-environmental measures created to address issues like economic insecurity, housing and universal health care. Sherrod Brown, pointedly declined Tuesday to attach his name and dismissed liberal activists' contention that he has to support the Green New Deal in order to prove his commitment to the issue. And it's picking up momentum in the Senate, too, especially among White House contenders such as Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, and Kirsten Gillibrand. Republicans see it - and its rocky rollout promoting elements of the proposal later rescinded - as a political opening.
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.
"We welcome the enthusiasm that is there", she said in a news conference last week, later adding, "I'm very excited about it all, and I welcome the Green New Deal and any other proposals that people have out there". "Of course, they won't be able to run it because they can't actually start a train under the Green New Deal", Cruz said.
It's being pushed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a freshman Democrat from NY who has captured the enthusiasm of the left wing. "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". Four of the six witnesses stated that they traveled by airplane, the very means of transportation they hope to diminish. His status as the vice chair of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus suggests he could help woo Republican support for the measure.
After widespread ridicule, Ocasio-Cortez removed from her congressional website an FAQ summarizing the plan. 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. "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!"
"There's another victim of the Green New Deal, it's ice cream". Say goodbye to dairy, to beef, to family farms, to ranches.
"It is way out of the mainstream of the American public to the point that it is scary", Barrasso said.