Mitch McConnell wields Green New Deal as bludgeon against Democrats


McConnell said he will have the chamber vote on the initiative to "give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel".

As it turns out, Democrats aren't too eager to vote on it. Sen.

This isn't a new Republican trick. The Senate will vote on new climate change legislation known as the Green New Deal, McConnell told reporters.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has previously said that he wouldn't bring legislation to a vote in the Senate that the president wouldn't sign.

President Donald Trump's administration opposes action on climate change and favors boosting USA production of oil, gas and coal.

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. The ambitious proposal has been spearheaded by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat from NY. However, it's received far less support and more pause from moderate Democrats while receiving criticism from Republicans. Almost all Democrats in Congress who are running for president in 2020 have expressed support for the measure. 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.

"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!"

Senate GOP leaders who joined McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, at a news conference in Washington on Tuesday criticized the measure, saying it would increase energy costs.

During the government shutdown last month, McConnell blocked an attempt by Senate Democrats to force a vote on a House-passed spending bill to reopen the government that lacked Trump's backing.

"Instead of trying to cause mischief, the #Republican Party should put forward its own serious proposal to address #climatechange", Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. Ocasio-Cortez has since disavowed the FAQ, which was posted on her website, and suggested her political enemies disseminated the document to sabotage the proposal. "Unfortunately for Mitch, all he's going to do is show just how out of touch Republican politicians are with the American people".