Senate to vote on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal

Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mc Connell speaks after a Republican policy lunch on Capitol Hill in Washington

Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mc Connell speaks after a Republican policy lunch on Capitol Hill in Washington

The Texas senator who almost depleted his political coffers defeating Beto O'Rourke in last year's reelection bid said the Green New Deal seems like something conjured up by college kids who haven't experienced the "real world" yet. "We'll give everybody a chance to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal".

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.

The plan goes far beyond energy to urge national health care coverage and job guarantees, as well as high-quality education, affordable housing and a high-speed rail network.

McConnell did not provide a voting timetable, Politico reported.

The vote could be a moment of truth for several Democratic presidential candidates. "I'm not going to take position on every bill that's coming out", Sen. Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown has not, though he told reporters at a breakfast Tuesday hosted by the Christian Science Monitor that he shares concerns about climate change. "I support a green new deal". We're having the first national conversation on climate change in a decade. It seems McConnell is planning to see which Democrats are on board with the Green Deal.

He called that part of the Green New Deal "nutty".

"On Saturday, President Donald Trump mocked the Green New Deal", jokingly calling the Democrats' embrace of the proposal "brilliant".

Endorsing some form of a Green New Deal has become a litmus test for Democrats going into the 2020 campaign.

But the numbers are growing. Four of the six witnesses stated that they traveled by airplane, the very means of transportation they hope to diminish. The GOP-controlled Senate scheduled a symbolic vote on single-payer health care legislation in 2017, a decision also created to put prominent liberals on the spot, and in January brought up foreign policy legislation that took on the boycott movement against Israel.

Have rising sea levels and worsening forest fires convinced the Republican leader to reassess his position on climate change?

After widespread ridicule, Ocasio-Cortez removed from her congressional website an FAQ summarizing the plan. The legislation, co-sponsored by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has received much backlash since its roll-out.

Some Republicans even accused Democrats of proposing to do away with treats like ice cream by seeking to address bovine flatulence, which last week's memo highlights as a significant source of greenhouse gases.

In the call, Cruz called the Green New Deal's ban on planes, cars and cattle "kooky".

"The Green New Deal is a raw deal for the American taxpayer", said Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), who chairs the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

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