Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is planning on putting the Green New Deal up for a vote on Tuesday. This move will force the Democrats to officially take a stand on the Green New Deal, which will undoubtedly cause the party’s moderates to go up against the progressives.
“I could not be more glad that the American people will have the opportunity to learn precisely where each one of their senators stand on the “Green New Deal,” said McConnell in a tweet.
McConnell continued by saying that the Green New Deal is “A radical, top-down, socialist makeover of the entire U.S. economy.” Surely the American people will be able to see for themselves how illogical the Green New Deal is for the entire country.
The GND, which will cause the United States to make drastic changes in order to combat climate change, most likely won’t pass in the Republican-controlled Senate. Fortunately, even though it won’t pass, voting for the bill will allow the Republicans to see how committed the Democrats are to their radical ways.
U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has ridiculed the vote, calling it a political stunt on the Republicans behalf. On Saturday, she accused the Republicans of “wasting votes in Congress.”
“Stop wasting the American peoples’ time + learn to govern. Our jobs aren’t for campaigning, & that’s exactly what these bluff-votes are for,” said Ocasio-Cortez.
All across the board, Republicans have criticized the Green New Deal because of its socialist implications, and of course, its incredibly high price tag. Sen. Charles E Grassley from Iowa has compared the GND to a “utopian manifesto,” while at the same time, Sen. John Thune called it a “socialist fantasy.”
McConnell’s former campaign adviser J. Scott Jennings has said that the GND is causing division among the Democrats, but the moderates feel that they can’t speak out because the base of the party is “demanding this sort of extremely out-of-the-mainstream stuff.”
Joseph Pinion, a Republican political consultant, has said that the Green New Deal has actually united the Republicans “in the idea that the policies of a Green New Deal would be disastrous for America.”
According to the New York Times, most of the Democrats will vote present on Tuesday because the resolution’s terms haven’t been fully figured out or discussed by the party.