Ocasio-Cortez-who has led the congressional push to force the Green New Deal into political mainstream-accused McConnell of attempting to "bully" the Democratic Party by plowing ahead with a vote, and argued that Democrats should embrace the opportunity to go on the record in support of bold climate action.
As it turns out, Democrats aren't too eager to vote on it. Sen.
Republicans have not offered an alternative measure to the Green New Deal and have not indicated they plan to do so.
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.
"But McConnell is hoping to put Democrats in an uncomfortable political position with this vote, especially since the Green New Deal's rollout has already been marred by mistakes and mixed messages".
President Donald Trump's administration opposes action on climate change and favors boosting US production of oil, gas and coal.
The resolution, which was introduced by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) and Senator Ed Markey (D., Mass.) on Friday, provides a sweeping list of climate-change- and social-justice-related measures including the refurbishing of every structure in the country with renewable-energy technology and the creation of millions of federally funded jobs in the green-energy sector.
"Broadly speaking, a vote on the resolution will do little more for Republicans than further elevate an issue on which they're deeply at odds with public opinion". 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.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has also expressed his support for the initiative, but has not formally announced whether he will run for president in 2020.
"To me, this is just so extreme", said John Barrasso of Wyoming.
"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.
Cheney asked the expert panel, comprised of four Democrat and two Republican witnesses, to state how they each arrived in Washington D.C., for the hearing.
"In a few short months the Green New Deal has become the vision for our future that most Americans want, and that terrifies the GOP", Ocasio-Cortez spokesman Corbin Trent said in a statement.
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