McConnell promises vote on Democrats' Green New Deal

Ocasio Cortez and Senator Ed Markey hold a news conference for their proposed

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday he'll bring Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's signature climate proposal to a vote on the Senate floor - a move created to put Democrats on the spot.

He didn't say when that vote might occur, but when it does, it's likely to cause some headaches for Democrats who are eyeing a presidential bid, and who need to try to balance competing interests within their party. It suggests an end to air travel and being fully dependent on renewable fuels - and it also includes language promoting economic redistribution and other social justice goals. Ed Markey, D-Mass., unveiled the "Green New Deal" framework last week.

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader McConnell appeared to change his tune when he spoke to reporters before the Democrats' own press briefing.

Republicans acknowledged the deal fell short of elements Trump had demanded, saying they made concessions, but got some too."It's not everything the president hoped to get, but I think it's a good step in the right direction", Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters at the Capitol.

The proposals known as the Green New Deal were crafted in conjunction with Senator Ed Markey of MA.

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. When Democrats took over the House on January 3, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) vowed she would not approve a single penny for the wall, calling it "immoral".

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But the numbers are growing. The ambitious proposal has been spearheaded by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Although Markey and Ocasio-Cortez's office subsequently distanced themselves from the memo, Republicans quickly denounced the resolution as a Trojan horse for more controversial, left-wing proposals that are unlikely to garner the same widespread support those outlined in the resolution might. McConnell wants to get Democratic presidential candidates on the record about the controversial, but nevertheless exciting policy moonshot, so that Republicans can hit them with attacks mischaracterizing the deal, as Trump did at his El Paso rally on Monday: "I really don't like their policy of taking away your auto, of taking away your airplane rights, of 'let's hop a train to California, ' of you're not allowed to own cows anymore!"

Have rising sea levels and worsening forest fires convinced the Republican leader to reassess his position on climate change?

Some Republicans even accused Democrats of proposing to do away with treats like ice cream by seeking to address bovine flatulence, which last week's memo highlights as a significant source of greenhouse gases. Livestock will be banned. "American favorites like cheeseburgers and milkshake will become a thing of the past", said Sen.

Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, however, called the plan "raw deal" that would drive "a stake into the heart of our economy", Politico reported.

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