Dems Taunt McConnell Over Green New Deal Vote: ‘We’re Gonna Have More Fun Than a Barrel of Monkeys’

Democrats say they are calling Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) bluff to put the hotly debated Green New Deal resolution up for a vote, arguing that it would be “fun” rather than divide the caucus ahead of 2020.

“We’re gonna have more fun than a barrel of monkeys going at them if they raise this issue,” Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) told IJR when asked about McConnell’s plan to bring the proposal up for a vote on the Senate floor.

The thinking around Washington is that McConnell’s plan is to force Democrats, especially moderate senators running for office in 2020, to stake their flag via a vote regarding where they stand on the Green New Deal — an ambitious climate change proposal aimed at drastically reducing carbon emissions across the United States by 2030.

“But they got nothing. They’ve had nothing ever since Citizens United was decided and the fossil fuel guys took over their party.”

Republicans, and even some red-state Democrats, have called the plan a pipe dream, unrealistic, and even dangerous.

Progressive Democrats, however, argue that the radical proposals are popular, especially among Millennial voters, and if Republicans want to escalate a fight over the future of the planet, Democrats say that’s one showdown they are ready to have.

WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 07: U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks as Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) (R) and other Congressional Democrats listen during a news conference in front of the U.S. Capitol February 7, 2019 in Washington, DC. Sen. Markey and Rep. Ocasio-Cortez held a news conference to unveil their Green New Deal resolution. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

“The Republicans have zero credibility on this issue,” Whitehouse said. “It would be one thing if they had a plan of some kind and they wanted to show that our plan wasn’t good enough and we should go to their plan.”

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), who was walking with Whitehouse, chimed in regarding the upcoming vote: “Yeah, I’m not concerned about that at all.”

Whitehouse continued: “But they got nothing. They’ve had nothing ever since Citizens United was decided and the fossil fuel guys took over their party. They have no standing whatsoever, it’s gonna be fun.”

“Amen,” Schatz added with a smile.

Recently declared 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), a co-sponsor on the Senate Green New Deal resolution, called McConnell putting the proposal on the floor a “show vote.”

“It’s counter to what he has talked about before about not having any show votes,” Booker told IJR. “But what’s the substance of what he’s putting on? I don’t know what it is. I know what I support, clearly, but I don’t know what he’s doing.”

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 25: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) smiles while talking with reporters following remarks on the Senate floor after an announced end to the partial government shutdown at the U.S. Capitol January 25, 2019 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to reopen federal agencies shutdown for the past 4 weeks while negotiations about border security take place between congressional leaders over the next three weeks. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Another co-sponsor in the Senate, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), told IJR: “I welcome a vote. I’ll proudly vote for it. And if it passes, it will be hardly a show vote.”

Other Democrats have argued that the Senate majority leader is trying to “sabotage the movement we are building” by forcing a vote on the Green New Deal.

“He wants to silence your voice so Republicans don’t have to explain why they are climate change deniers. McConnell wants this to be the end, this is just the beginning,” Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) tweeted after news broke about the upcoming vote.

And Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), the freshman lawmaker who introduced the resolution, responded to Republicans saying the Green New Deal will be a liability for Democrats by arguing that the GOP has done nothing to spot climate change “for years.”

But for McConnell, with Democrats already starting to split over the Green New Deal at just the suggestion of a vote, he may have already done his job.

“I’ve noted with great interest the Green New Deal,” the majority leader said during a press conference. “We’re going to be voting on that in the Senate. We’ll give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal.”

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Rocky Drummond

McConnell does politics not policy. On this one, he will lose because the Republicans have nothing with which to counter the GND.


The taunting will boomerang. (Meanwhile it serves as shallow, transparent braggadocio; it is no more than fake “I got this, no worries, we’ll get reelected; Mueller any day now will save our scrawny asses” assurances.) And when that happens the Blumenthal Dick will get schooled. I think it was thorazine the experts used to give pinheads who’d lysergically overdosed. Set aside doses for Markey and Schatz too. Booker: “But what’s the substance of what he’s putting on?” Now that’s funny.





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