At least six senators running for president or considering White House bids backed the Green New Deal put forth by freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), who co-sponsored the resolution in the Senate, said the proposal's principles "resonate with the American people - a mission to save all of creation by investing in massive job creation". "We'll give everybody a chance to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal".
The forthcoming vote isn't the first time Senate Republicans forced Democratic presidential hopefuls to go on the record about a liberal proposal they believe will alienate moderate voters later.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walks to the Senate floor in Washington, D.C., on January 31.
RL Miller, political director of Climate Hawks Vote, noted broad public support for a "Green New Deal". As Vox's Matthew Yglesias points out, "They ran this exact play on the Sanders Medicare for All bill" in the Senate in 2017, when Montana Republican Steve Daines pasted a Democratic single-payer insurance plan onto one of the failed Obamacare repeal attempts.
Senator Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, accused McConnell of what he called a political stunt. -Sunrise Movement " This vote forces every member of the Senate to make a choice: will you vote for a plan to guarantee every American clean air and water, a stable climate, and a good job? "So, look, the political stunts are not going to get us anywhere".
Schumer offered his own challenge to McConnell.
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. "The green dream, or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they're for it, right?" she said. "The Green New Deal needs to be put into action immediately ... doesn't it?"
"Economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work". "You don't have to endorse everything the House author stands for economically by voting for the 'Green New Deal'".
The climate measure is already supported by at least five senators seeking the Democratic nomination for president: Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California, Elizabeth Warren of MA and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.
Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), a supporter of renewable energy who faces a tough re-election in his purplish home state in 2020, told E&E News he had no qualms about the upcoming vote, which is expected after the Presidents Day recess next week.