McConnell: Senate will vote on the Green New Deal
News | 12.02.2019
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he plans to hold a vote on the progressives’ Green New Deal, a move that could put Democrats — including several presidential hopefuls — on record backing a plan that Republicans have derided as a "socialist fantasy."
"I’ve noted with great interest the Green New Deal and we’re going to be voting on that in the Senate," McConnell said. "We’ll give everybody a chance to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal."
The Green New Deal resolution unveiled last week is an ambitious plan for a 10-year “national mobilization” to move the U.S. economy off fossil fuels to fight climate change, provide health care for all, increase wages and expand union rights. It has drawn measured support from presidential hopefuls in the Senate, including Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif). Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-Calif.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.).
McConnell did not provide a specific timeframe for a vote.
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, bashed the proposal as a "raw deal" that would drive "a stake into the heart of our economy."
"It is way out of the mainstream of the American public to the point that it is scary," Barrasso said. "It is that radical. It is a bad deal for the American public."
Article originally published on POLITICO Magazine