Chuck Schumer Calls Vote On Green New Deal A 'Sham'

02 March, 2019, 16:26 | Author: Kelly Sanders
  • U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio Cortez wipes away tears as Representative Ilhan Omar talks about her own experience as a refugee during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was asked by The View co-host Sunny Hostin on Friday if the Green New Deal goes too far.

"I heard Leader McConnell knocking the Green New Deal", Schumer said. Last night our colleague from Rhode Island said it was "truly preposterous" for me to schedule a vote on the Green New Deal. Durbin said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe".

House Republicans also invited New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, the Sunrise Movement, Ocasio-Cortez and all the Green New Deal Resolution cosponsors to attend the forum.

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., plans to force a vote on the Green New Deal, in an effort to force Democrats to officially go on the record for the sweeping proposal.

President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump, who is a White House adviser, criticized the Green New Deal in an interview with Fox News earlier this week, claiming Americans did not like handouts, such as a guaranteed job or income.

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Many Democrats also talked around the "Green New Deal" itself, instead focusing their comments on climate change as a broader issue.


"No, really. She is saying, 'Don't have kids, because it's World War II".

The resolution now has 11 Senate co-sponsors, including several presidential candidates, and 89 in the House - a huge chunk of the House Democratic caucus.

Her statements came following Senator Dianne Feinstein's (D-CA) response when questioned about the Green New Deal. "There's still this kind of fantastical connotation that comes with when you talk [with politicians] about climate change and the climate crisis".

"I'm trying to draft another one, which might be more acceptable, but it's not done yet", Feinstein told E&E News last night.

On the Senate floor today, McConnell acknowledged dissent among Democrats over whether a Green New Deal is the right way to go, but added that "it looks like, one way or another, the Democratic Party as a whole is eager to get behind this thing". Their hope was to sway Feinstein's vote in favor of the proposal.

McConnell panned specific parts of the bill on upgrading all existing buildings in the United States and building new buildings to be green compliant, meeting 100 percent of the power demand in the United States without fossil fuels, and building out high-speed rail at a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary. A polite legislative campaign for the Green New Deal isn't going to cut it - these people are literally making money from killing the planet and dooming humankind.

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