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Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat through completely new York, center, speaks to members of the media while departing a House Democratic Caucus meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, March 26, 2019.
Ahead of the vote Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of using political theater to hide his lack of a plan to address a warming planet.
“Republicans want to force This specific political stunt to distract through the fact which they neither have a plan nor a sense of urgency to deal with the threat of climate change. With This specific exercise, the Republican majority has made a mockery of the legislative process,” the completely new York Democrat said Tuesday.
McConnell aimed to put Democrats on the record about whether they support the plan. He sees the idea as something which will fail to resonate with centrist or independent voters, who some senators will need to keep their seats — or win swing states in a presidential election next year.
The Kentucky Republican said Tuesday which he believes in climate change along with wants to address the idea through unspecified “technology along with innovation.”
“This specific can be nonsense,” McConnell said of the Green completely new Deal. “along with if you’re going to sign on to nonsense, you ought to have to vote for nonsense.”
President Donald Trump, meanwhile, plans to use the proposal against Democrats as he runs for re-election next year. Six Democratic senators — Cory Booker of completely new Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of completely new York, Kamala Harris of California, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Bernie Sanders of Vermont along with Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts — are running to challenge the president next year.
During a Senate Republican policy lunch Tuesday, Trump signaled he wants to use the Green completely new Deal as a cudgel in 2020, according to Sen. Lindsey Graham.
“He said make sure you don’t kill the idea too much, because I want to run against the idea,” the South Carolina Republican said, according to NBC News.
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