McConnell takes aim at Ocasio-Cortez with Green New Deal vote

Posted February 15, 2019

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is planning to hold a vote on the Green New Deal-but not because the Republican wants it to pass.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., left, joined by Majority Whip John Thune, R-S.D., center, and Sen. "Ed Markey, who is the Senate co-sponsor of the Green New Deal with Ocasio-Cortez, is livid that he's calling a vote on it", Limbaugh said on his radio show Wednesday.

The document introduced last week marked the first formal attempt by lawmakers to define legislation to create big government-led investments in clean energy, infrastructure and social programs.

The Green New Deal was introduced with great fanfare last week, as dozens of members of Congress gathered for a news conference to roll out the sweeping new initiative aimed at weaning the USA completely off fossil fuels over the next decade. After Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen.

Meanwhile, the McConnell election machine has already roared to life, collecting opposition research on the possible candidate and formulating an attack strategy, according to a Tuesday Politico report.

"I would just say that it's going to be crucially important for us to recognize and understand when we outlaw plane travel, we outlaw gasoline, we outlaw cars, I think actually probably the entire USA military, because of the Green New Deal, that we are able to explain to our constituents and to people all across this country what that really means", Cheney said.

They've framed the plan as a radical agenda and step toward socialism.

The proposals known as the Green New Deal were crafted in conjunction with Senator Ed Markey of MA.

Unable to get an answer from the panel on whether the Green New Deal would require the government to set up a "vacation commissar", Cheney asked who among them supports Ocasio-Cortez's proposal.

The forthcoming vote isn't the first time Senate Republicans forced Democratic presidential hopefuls to go on the record about a liberal proposal they believe will alienate moderate voters later. Rather than expose of rift in the party, 43 Democrats chose to vote "present" as a show of frustration with the politically motivated maneuver.

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

President Donald Trump took aim at the Green New Deal during his rallyMonday in El Paso, Texas, saying it threatens to take away Americans' cars, ability to travel by air and even rights to own cows - none of which is included in the proposal.

"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", Trump told the crowd. Trump said at the rally.

Some Democrats on Tuesday responded by defending the Green New Deal. Sen.

"In a few short months the Green New Deal has become the vision for our future that most Americans want, and that terrifies the GOP", Ocasio-Cortez spokesman Corbin Trent said in a statement.