As Democratic leaders attempt to push a Green New Deal strategy, other lawmakers are not sure they would ever be comfortable backing the legislation.
On Wednesday Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the bill “the far-left’s Santa Claus wish list dressed up to look like serious policy” and said it would be voted on before the Senate’s August congressional recess, according to The Hill.
As IJR reported, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is not pleased about the situation, claiming that Republicans are attempting to ruin the legislation’s chances of passing.
“The games they are playing here will have no meaning. This is not a debate. It’s a diversion. It’s a sham,” Schumer said. “We’re going to keep asking him, and every Republican in this chamber what they would do about climate change, about global warming.”
Although many lawmakers are pushing for the bill to be passed, some Democrats have shared their hesitancy to move forward with a bill that has such extensive requirements without a sustainable plan to support it.
West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin spoke out against the Green New Deal, saying he prefers to work with something more sustainable.
“I’ve got to work with realities … I’ve got to make sure our country has affordable, dependable, reliable energy,” Manchin said.
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When asked about other Democratic lawmakers, Manchin responded, “They can do what they want to do. I’m not a present-type guy.”
Another Democratic lawmaker, who asked to remain anonymous, told The Hill that there are things that concerned him about the bill.
“There are a lot of specifics that are missing,” said the lawmaker.
Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin has also noticed the unrest concerning the bill, saying that some are divided on how extensive the legislation should be.
“There’s some difference of opinion about whether it goes far enough or too far, whether it was rolled out in the best way,” said Durbin.
While it is already unlikely that the legislation will pass in the Senate, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also seems to be holding off on support, calling it “the green dream” and saying “nobody knows what it is.”