McConnell wields Green New Deal as a bludgeon against Democrats

"I've noted with great interest the Green New Deal, and we're going to be voting on that in the Senate, give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal", McConnell said.

"I would just say that it's going to be crucially important for us to recognize and understand when we outlaw plane travel, we outlaw gasoline, we outlaw cars, I think actually probably the entire USA military, because of the Green New Deal, that we are able to explain to our constituents and to people all across this country what that really means", Cheney said.

President Donald Trump's administration opposes action on climate change and favors boosting US production of oil, gas and coal. The ambitious proposal has been spearheaded by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. "The Green New Deal resolution has struck a powerful chord in this country, and Republicans, climate deniers, and the fossil fuel industry are going to end up on the wrong side of history".

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY has met with Amy McGrath, the Democratic nominee in last year's race for Kentucky's 6th District U.S. House seat. However, it's received far less support and more pause from moderate Democrats while receiving criticism from Republicans.

So far, Senators Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Kirsten Gillibrand and Cory Booker, who are all running for president, have co-sponsored the legislation.

"I would assume we're going to set up a situation where the FAA can tell individual citizens which of their air travel is worthy and important and what isn't", Cheney replied.

Ocasio-Cortez is not a stupid person, and she knows exactly what she did. The principles of the Green New Deal resonate with the American people - a mission to save all of creation by investing in massive job creation.

"Here's [McConnell] saying, you guys say we've got 12 years, we better get a vote on this".

Corbin Trent, a spokesman for Ocasio-Cortez, said the quip about cows and airplanes was meant to be ironic, but Trump and other Republicans seized on it as an example of the plan's excesses. But by bringing the measure up for a vote, McConnell will force Democrats to take a position on a plan that is increasingly a target of attacks by President Trump and other Republicans.

In response to McConnell's announcement, the youth-led Sunrise Movement scheduled an "emergency mass call" for Wednesday night to discuss plans to make the Senate Majority Leader regret his politically-motivated scheme.

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

Sen. Chuck Schumer invited McGrath to the Democratic Party headquarters last month to talk about the 2020 race, according to Mark Nickolas, McGrath's former campaign manager, who was speaking to Politico. "I support a green new deal".


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