McConnell promises vote on Democrats’ Green New Deal

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday he'll bring Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's signature climate proposal to a vote on the Senate floor - a move created to put Democrats on the spot. "I'm not going to take position on every bill that's coming out", he said of Ocasio-Cortez and Markey's resolution. Independent Senator Bernie Sanders co-sponsored the deal but has not said definitively whether he will run in 2020. "So I would vote yes, but I would also - if it got down to the nitty-gritty of an actual legislation as opposed to, 'oh here's some goals we have, ' that would be different for me".

Although Markey and Ocasio-Cortez's office subsequently distanced themselves from the memo, Republicans quickly denounced the resolution as a Trojan horse for more controversial, left-wing proposals that are unlikely to garner the same widespread support those outlined in the resolution might.

Democrats say Republicans have failed to address the issue as the majority. On Monday, Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-N.Y.), a moderate Democrat from Long Island with a seat on the powerful House Committee on Ways and Means, said he would support the resolution.

"Republicans don't want to debate climate change, they only want to deny it", Markey said in responding to McConnell. "The Green New Deal needs to be put into action immediately ... doesn't it?" He added that the plan would "shut down American energy" and "a little thing called air travel".

Each of the five Democratic senators who have announced White House bids are already signed on as co-sponsors to the Senate version of the resolution, which Massachusetts Democratic Sen. But Trump's comments referred to a fact sheet of "Frequently Asked Questions" distributed by Ocasio-Cortez's office prior to a news conference last week. And in earlier votes on former President Barack Obama's budget proposals, Democrats refused to play ball and voted no, protesting what they saw as a political ploy by McConnell.

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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.

The vote on the health care legislation didn't quite carry the punch Republicans had hoped.

McGrath, a former Marine fighter pilot, and a 2018 Congressional candidate, met with Schumer at the Democratic Party headquarters last month where Schumer urged her to consider taking McConnell on in the 2020 Senate race in Kentucky.

Trent, the spokesman for Ocasio-Cortez, predicted the Green New Deal gambit would backfire on Republicans.

While McConnell seems to think that getting Democrats on the record backing the Green New Deal will help the GOP politically, the New Yorker's Osita Nwanevu noted that supporting the bold measure "isn't very fraught with political risk for most Democrats".

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