UPDATE — 2:19 p.m. EST:Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) confirmed Tuesday afternoon that he will bring a vote on the Green New Deal, telling to reporters on Capitol Hill: “I’ve noted with great interest the Green New Deal. And we’re going to be voting on that in the Senate. Give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal.”
Mitch McConnell is considering putting the Green New Deal up for a vote. That’s a vote Democrats don’t want. They will have to go on record at that point. They would then have to vote with those on the record or to vote against them.
For reps and Senator from Colorado, whose economy is booming thanks to fossil fuels. A vote for the Green New deal might be career ending proposition. I don’t expect the House to ever vote on it ever. The Democrats would have only one choice in order to prevent a vote. Sen Markey would have to withdraw his bill, which would be the kiss of death.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is weighing bringing the Green New Deal to a vote to “rattle” Senate Democrats, according to a report.
The Washington Post’s Robert Costa tweeted Tuesday morning: “McConnell is considering taking up the green new deal for a vote in the Senate as a way to rattle Sen Dems, per a McConnell aide here at the [Capitol].”
Last Thursday, progressive Democrats unveiled a plan to “transform” the U.S. economy to combat climate change with a “10-year national mobilization” to shift away from fossil fuels and replace them with renewable energy sources.
At least six senators running for president or considering White House bids backed the Green New Deal put forth by freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA).The plan goes far beyond energy to urge national health care coverage and job guarantees, as well as high-quality education and affordable housing. The resolution urges elimination of fossil fuels pollution and greenhouse gas emissions “as much as technologically feasible” in a range of economic sectors and calls for “upgrading all existing buildings in the United States” to be energy-efficient.