On Tuesday, as the Senate voted on the far-left Green New Deal proposal, not a single Democrat voted yes, instead choosing to vote “present” in a form of protesting the vote.”
If you believe the Green New Deal is the prescription for America, why would you not want to vote on it?” asked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has previously stated his intention to get Democrats “on record” regarding their stances on the Green New Deal.
The Green New Deal, which was spearheaded by Democrat congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has been subject to bipartisan mockery, and has proven to be a stumbling block for Democrat presidential candidates heading into the 2020 election.
From USA Today:
The Green New Deal, Democrats’ aspirational proposal to confront climate change and address social justice issues, died in the Senate Tuesday.
And Democrats helped slay it.
No senator voted for it; 57 (including all Republicans and a handful of Democrats) voted against it, and the remaining 43 (all Democrats) voted “present” as a protest.
The vote was on a procedural matter to continue debate on the bill crafted by liberal firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. At least 60 votes were needed to keep the bill moving, meaning the legislation is dead – for now.
Congressional Democrats viewed the effort by Republicans – who ridicule the plan as socialist fantasy – to bring the ambitious plan to the floor as little more than a political ploy to divide Democrats rather than a serious effort to confront an impending planetary crisis.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., called it a “sham” hours before the roll call vote was conducted.
Democrats had asked the GOP leadership to schedule hearings, hear from experts and build broad support for a bipartisan solution before going straight to the floor. Republicans demurred.
“Climate change is not a joke,” said Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., a co-sponsor of the Green New Deal with Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. “Mocking it and comparing it to cartoon characters while the Midwest is flooded and people have died because of climate-related extreme weather is shameful.”
The Democrats’ retreat is likely to give GOP opponents ammunition to accuse Democrats of saying one thing and doing another, a point Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., made.
“If you believe the Green New Deal is the prescription for America, why would you not want to vote on it?” he said on Capitol Hill before the vote.
McConnell has said he wants to get Senate Democrats – several of whom are running for president in 2020 – “on record” about the Green New Deal. President Donald Trump, a skeptic of human-caused climate change, poked fun at the proposal, saying “when the wind stops blowing, it’s the end of your electric.”