Republican leader says Senate will vote on Green New Deal

Sen. Sherrod Brown D-Ohio speaks at a rally in Brunswick Ohio Jan. 30

The plan, initially championed by freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, calls for a New Deal-style mobilization to shift the United States economy away from fossil fuels such as oil and coal and replace them with renewable sources such as wind and solar power.

McConnell "called for a vote in the Senate on the Green New Deal, and the Democrats are having a cow!"

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

Although Markey and Ocasio-Cortez's office subsequently distanced themselves from the memo, Republicans quickly denounced the resolution as a Trojan horse for more controversial, left-wing proposals that are unlikely to garner the same widespread support those outlined in the resolution might.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY has met with Amy McGrath, the Democratic nominee in last year's race for Kentucky's 6th District U.S. House seat.

Problems in the Democratic rollout of the proposal have further fueled the Republican attacks.

"I really don't like their policy of taking away your vehicle, of taking away your airplane rights", President Donald Trump said at a rally in El Paso, Texas, on Monday, referring to the memo.

"I would assume we're going to set up a situation where the FAA can tell individual citizens which of their air travel is worthy and important and what isn't", Cheney replied.

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A number of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are co-sponsors of the bill including senators Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, and Kirsten Gillibrand. Ocasio-Cortez has subsequently described the fact sheet, which has been deleted from her website, as a "draft". Ed Markey, D-Mass., released a Green New Deal blueprint last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi distanced herself from it by saying that "it will be one of several or maybe many suggestions that we receive".

"Along with abolishing farting cows, beefing up high-speed rail so that airplanes can be banned is a key element in the proposal, " the National Republican Congressional Committee said Tuesday.

Some Democrats hit back at the Republican attempt to call for a vote on the resolution before hearings and debates take place, calling it a "cynical" move.

Endorsing some form of a Green New Deal has become a litmus test for Democrats going into the 2020 campaign.

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.

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".

"It would shut down American energy, which I don't think the people in Texas are going to be happy with", Trump said.

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