Senate Majority Leader and brilliant tactician, Mitch McConnel, is now gearing up to take Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's "Green New Deal", a proposed solution to climate change and a massive economic overhaul program, to the Senate floor for a vote. It drew swift praise from several 2020 contenders angling for support from the party's base.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has also expressed his support for the initiative, but has not formally announced whether he will run for president in 2020. "So, look, the political stunts are not going to get us anywhere". The ambitious proposal met a reality check Tuesday as California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared there "isn't a path" for completing a high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco - although Newsom's office said later that he isn't walking away from the project.
After a moment of silence, one of the environmental experts on the panel chimed in to say she supports numerous recommendations outlined in the Green New Deal.
Even without McConnell's efforts, the Green New Deal has become the latest flashpoint in the Democratic party's internal conflict between its centrists and its unapologetic left wing. "It would shut down a little thing called air travel".More news: Sixers trade Fultz to Magic
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When the resolution came out on Thursday, roughly 65 House Democrats co-sponsored it, while fewer than a dozen senators did the same. Ocasio-Cortez has subsequently described the fact sheet, which has been deleted from her website, as a "draft".
Cheney asked the expert panel, comprised of four Democrat and two Republican witnesses, to state how they each arrived in Washington D.C., for the hearing. Rather than expose of rift in the party, 43 Democrats chose to vote "present" as a show of frustration with the politically motivated maneuver.
"We welcome the enthusiasm that is there", she said in a news conference last week, later adding, "I'm very excited about it all, and I welcome the Green New Deal and any other proposals that people have out there".
By sanctioning a vote, McConnell appears to be betting that the resolution will prove too radical for a good number of Democrats, let alone any Republicans.
In July of 2017, Republicans brought forward a single-payer health care amendment for a vote, which failed 0-57, all Democrats voting against it. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer slammed the maneuver as "pure cynicism, pure politics" at the time. "This, perhaps counterintuitively, makes an up-or-down vote extraordinarily convenient for activists supporting the Green New Deal-from groups like the Sunrise Movement, Indivisible, and the Sierra Club-who will be able to put pressure on those who reject the resolution in the months ahead".