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. "So I would vote yes, but I would also - if it got down to the nitty-gritty of an actual legislation as opposed to, 'oh here's some goals we have, ' that would be different for me".
Sure, McConnell may have been trying to put Democrats on the spot, but if the latter is so adamant about their Green New Deal, why wouldn't they be celebrating and jumping at the chance to vote on it? John Barrasso, R-Wyo., said at Tuesday's GOP news conference. But Democrats facing competitive reelection battles could find themselves vulnerable to Republican attacks on the issue - although voting "present" to avoid having to take a position on the matter is one potential strategy. "Ocasio-Cortez tried to claim over the weekend that the FAQ, sent to news outlets such as NPR and uploaded on her congressional website, is not really part of the Green New Deal's policy proposals". "It is a bad deal for the American public".
Markey's office responded with a statement chastising McConnell for threatening to call a vote on the resolution "without committee hearings, expert testimony, or a true national debate". The ambitious proposal has been spearheaded by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
While McConnell seems to think that getting Democrats on the record backing the Green New Deal will help the GOP politically, the New Yorker's Osita Nwanevu noted that supporting the bold measure "isn't very fraught with political risk for most Democrats".
However, plenty of Democrats still aren't sold on the bill - among them, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
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He said, "The United States does not have the courage to shoot a single bullet at us". Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed the threat.
She referenced a December poll by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication that found 81 percent of registered voters from both major parties either somewhat strongly or strongly supported the proposal's main objectives. Thus far, only one candidate, Amy Klobuchar, has explicitly stated she would not support the legislation, while Democrats including Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Cory Booker have expressed their support.
The resolution is expected to fail in the Senate.
Co-sponsors of the "Green New Deal" resolution include many Democratic 2020 hopefuls, including Sens. He added that the plan would "shut down American energy" and "a little thing called air travel". "I see it as a jumpstart".
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. "Or will you stand with Mitch McConnell and the fossil fuel billionaires?"