Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday that he will set up a vote on the infamous Green New Deal sponsored by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the democrats.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Tuesday that the Senate will vote on the "Green New Deal," an environmental and energy plan touted by progressives.
The deal has no chance of passing the Senate, where it will need 60 votes.
But it will force Senate Democrats, including a slew of 2020 presidential candidates, to vote on the proposal - potentially providing votes for McConnell and the GOP to exploit.
"We're going to voting on that in the Senate. Give everybody an opportunity to go on record," McConnell told reporters.
Progressives, led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), introduced the climate change resolution as part of an effort to push the U.S. to take a lead role in reducing carbon emissions through the economy and create millions of "good, high-wage jobs" by striving for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.
But Republicans have lashed out and mocked the proposal. Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), a member of GOP leadership, characterized the legislation on Tuesday as a "raw deal" and Sen. John Thune (S.D.), the No. 2 Senate Republican, said most of the conference believes it is "disastrous."
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