McConnell announced during a press conference Tuesday afternoon that he would send the so-called Green New Deal measure to the Senate floor for a vote "to see how they feel about the Green New Deal" - a tactic he's used in recent years to put vulnerable opponents on the record supporting or opposing controversial policies.
The vote could be a moment of truth for several Democratic presidential candidates. For the likes of McConnell, that sounds like the kind of left-wing proposal that could alienate moderate voters and give President Donald Trump a boost in the 2020 presidential election.
"For far too long, ideas like a carbon tax or cap-and-trade were touted as the premier solutions to climate change", Ocasio-Cortez said in a series of tweetscoinciding with the unveiling of the proposal.
Unlike past efforts to reduce emissions, the Green New Deal takes stock of the fact that climate change uniquely touches on nearly every part of the economy and threatens to wildly exacerbate a vast slate of social ills, including disease, poverty and structural racism.
Spearheaded by Ocasio-Cortez, of NY, and Democratic Sen.
Read the full report at Fox News. Five of the declared candidates for the party's presidential nomination have signed on as co-sponsors of the measure in the Senate: Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. Independent Senator Bernie Sanders co-sponsored the deal but has not said definitively whether he will run in 2020.
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Almost all of the Democratic senators running for president have thrown their support behind the Green New Deal, but the bill does not enjoy the same success among the rest of Democratic senators, with only 11 of 47 supporting the deal, according to a report from CNBC. The entire goal of this move is to stop the back and forth nonsense that could end up doing more harm to Republicans in the public eye and McConnell sees that.
Meanwhile, GOP Senator David Perdue had similar criticisms of the 'Green New Deal, ' calling the language in the legislation "silly math".
But, noting that the Green New Deal is extremely popular among the USA public-with one survey showing that 57 percent of Republican voters and 81 percent of Americans overall support the ambitious idea-Markey concluded that "Republicans, climate deniers, and the fossil fuel industry are going to end up on the wrong side of history".