Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that he will schedule a vote on the Green New Deal, a sweeping climate and economic plan spearheaded by first-year Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.).
McConnell announced during a news conference Tuesday that the vote would "give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal".
Schumer's aggression in finding a candidate to take on McConnell also reveals the animosity between the two Senate leaders, which has reportedly grown worse due to the shutdown and divisive judicial nominations.
The document calls for zeroing out emissions by generating as close to 100 percent of the nation's electricity as possible from renewables over the next decade, and ramping up manufacturing of clean-energy technologies and electrical vehicles to decarbonize other sectors. Scientists have said that dramatic, immediate action is necessary to stem the catastrophic effects of climate change. "We can't let Republicans sabotage it".
Endorsing some form of a Green New Deal has become a litmus test for Democrats going into the 2020 campaign.
When confronted with the multi-billion-dollar price tag most experts place on the proposal, its allies have argued that climate change is an existential threat that necessitates a national mobilization effort unseen since World World War II.More news: Black panther: Rare animal caught on camera in Kenya
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had called the Green New Deal a "green dream" and some Democrats in fossil fuel-dependent or rural districts have stayed quiet on their position.
"It will be one of several or maybe many suggestions that we receive". Schumer asked reporters. "What are they going to put forward?" Ed Markey, D-Mass., unveiled the "Green New Deal" framework last week.
But the numbers are growing.
It's unclear exactly what kind of measure McConnell plans to bring up for a vote in the Senate.
"Republicans don't want to debate climate change, they only want to deny it", Markey said in a statement. 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.
Many on Twitter found Markey's tweet to be laughable.