McConnell wields Green New Deal as a bludgeon against Democrats

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday night his plan to call a full Senate vote on the Democrats" recently unveiled "Green New Deal, ' demanding liberal lawmakers go "on the record" regarding the massive government expansion project. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), in some cases relying on a document distributed and later disavowed by the New York Democrat's office (Climatewire, Feb. 12).

Ocasio-Cortez and Markey's Green New Deal resolution-which calls for a "national mobilization" to transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030-has already garnered the support of 67 House Democrats and 11 senators, including major 2020 presidential contenders like Sens.

"I've noted with great interest the Green New Deal", McConnell told reporters at the Capitol.

It's no wonder McConnell seemed uncharacteristically gleeful when he said he'd be bringing the Green New Deal to the Senate for a vote.

He offered no date for the vote.

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!"

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) rejected the links between the "Green New Deal" and Ocasio-Cortez's socialist leanings.

"While those things could be *part* of a solution, the GND resolution says they are inadequate as the whole answer". It calls for an upgrade to infrastructure, building resiliency to climate change-related natural disasters and working with farmers to reduce emissions.

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Endorsing some form of a Green New Deal has become a litmus test for Democrats going into the 2020 campaign. Say goodbye to dairy, to beef, to family farms, to ranches.

A number of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are co-sponsors of the bill including senators Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, and Kirsten Gillibrand.

"I think it is very important for the Democrats to press forward with their Green New Deal", he tweeted.

The proposal includes progressive agenda items like universal healthcare and a federal jobs guarantee.

This isn't a new Republican trick.

The resolution submitted to the House and Senate makes no mention of cows or air travel.

"Along with abolishing farting cows, beefing up high-speed rail so that airplanes can be banned is a key element in the proposal, " the National Republican Congressional Committee said Tuesday.

In direct contrast to comments he made last month regarding "political stunts", it appears Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to do just that. Rather than expose of rift in the party, 43 Democrats chose to vote "present" as a show of frustration with the politically motivated maneuver. In a statement to CNBC, her office said, "McConnell thinks he can end all debate on the Green New Deal now and stop this freight train of momentum".