McConnell wields Green New Deal as a bludgeon against Democrats

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez waves to the crowd after speaking at Women's Unity Rally in Lower Manhattan in New York. Democrats including Ocasio Cortez of New York and veteran Sen. Ed Markey of Mass.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he plans to put the Democrats' Green New Deal to a vote so "everyone can go on record and see how they feel about" the measures created to fight climate change. "Give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal", McConnell told reporters on Tuesday.

McConnell was speaking with reporters at the US Capitol when he confirmed the vote; saying he's "noted with great interest" Rep. Ocasio-Cortez' newest proposal.

"We set a goal to get to net zero, rather than zero emissions, in 10 years because we aren't sure we'll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast", a version of the document hosted by NPR reads. Ed Markey of MA, the proposal calls for dramatic steps to virtually eliminate USA greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

Whatever happens next, it's becoming increasingly clear that the Green New Deal is turning into something the two parties think they can use to their advantage.

"There's a lot of people now going back on the Green New Deal, they're like 'Oh it's impractical, oh it's too expensive, oh it's all of this, '" Senator Cory Booker (D., N.J.), one of the many Democratic presidential hopefuls, said during a speech in Mason City, Iowa Friday.

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That's 8.two percent more than Seoul contributed last year, reflecting a rise in South Korea's defense budget this year. South Korea began paying for the US military deployment in the early 1990s, after rebuilding its war-devastated economy.

Since the Green New Deal resolution was introduced last week, President Donald Trump, Republican lawmakers, and right-wing pundits have spread hysterical falsehoods about the measure and decried it as a "socialist fever dream" that would be political suicide for Democrats to support.

In addition, the bill lays out some lofty goals that could require massive, difficult-to-administer new programs, like a job guarantee and a plan to upgrade every building in the country for energy efficiency. It was officially unveiled to Congress last week by Ocasio-Cortez and Democratic Senator Edward Markey in the form of nonbinding resolutions. Ocasio-Cortez has subsequently described the fact sheet, which has been deleted from her website, as a "draft". Trump said at the rally.

McConnell and other Republicans oppose the plan but are hoping to force Senate Democrats - including a crowd of 2020 presidential candidates - to vote on a proposal Republicans say would drive the economy off a cliff and lead to a huge tax increase. In July 2017, Republicans forced a vote on a single-payer health care system.

Julian Zelizer, a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University, saw McConnell's call for a vote as a way to push Democrats to take an early position on the ambitious proposal.

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) criticized Republicans on Tuesday for pledging to hold what is essentially a show vote on the Green New Deal, given that they have not advanced any serious efforts to address climate change.

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