Sen. McConnell: Green New Deal Vote Will Put Dems on Record

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It's being pushed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a freshman Democrat from NY who has captured the enthusiasm of the left wing.

It also calls for upgrading all existing buildings in the United States to be energy-efficient.

Republicans view the proposal to transition to clean energy as a winning wedge issue in the 2020 elections.

The name, Green New Deal, references the New Deal of the 1930s that President Franklin Roosevelt implemented to aid Americans suffering in the Great Depression by embarking on huge government-led infrastructure projects.

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Rather than expose of rift in the party, 43 Democrats chose to vote "present" as a show of frustration with the politically motivated manoeuvr.

Broadly speaking, Democrats do support action on climate change - two-thirds say it "should be a top priority for Trump and Congress this year" - but the question is whether they will support the Green New Deal as they learn more about it.

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.

The Green New Deal was introduced by freshman Democratic New York Rep.

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Republicans showed on Tuesday that they are ready to use the resolution as a political weapon against those Democrats. "And we're going to be voting on that in the Senate".

At a rally Monday night in El Paso, Trump mocked the Green New Deal, saying, "It sounds like a high school term paper that got a low mark".

As for Ocasio-Cortez, she's following along with the president's speech through Twitter, and she's calling it rich of Trump to criticize her when he reportedly can't make it through a daily briefing without giving up partway. It also said the goal was "net-zero" rather than "zero" greenhouse gas emissions within 10 years because "we aren't sure that we'll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast".

Each of the five Democratic senators who have announced White House bids are already signed on as co-sponsors to the Senate version of the resolution, which Massachusetts Democratic Sen. A woman described a date with Ansari, which she said ended with him pressuring her into performing oral sex.

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Hilton said many on the left support the big, aspirational ideas in the proposal, but they don't want to focus on the details of the policies or how they would be paid funded.