In a confusing turn of events, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) claimed McConnell is “wasting the American peoples’ time” by holding a vote on the Green New Deal — a bill she authored for the House.
The Green New Deal is a wide-ranging, non-binding resolution that sets a goal for America to mobilize the entire economy to stop the production of carbon in an attempt to combat climate change.
Because the Green New Deal promises a complete economic overhaul and could cost upwards of $93 trillion over a decade, many Republicans see the bill as a disaster for Democrats. To prove that, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) scheduled a vote for the Senate to get “on the record” about their support for the resolution.
Watch McConnell’s prior comments:
Mitch McConnell is forcing a vote on the Green New Deal to get Democrats on record for having supported it ahead of the 2020 elections: "We're going to be voting on that in the Senate. Give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal" pic.twitter.com/7YFflKhdP3
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) February 12, 2019
“We’re going to be voting on that in the Senate. Give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal.”
On the House side, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) hasn’t made any mention of Green New Deal vote, with many speculating that she doesn’t want to make her members vote on the resolution. A significant portion of the Democratic base is opposed to the legislation because of the impact it could have on jobs, including the union workers from the AFL-CIO.
The speaker acknowledged the excitement around the bill from some of the far-left members of her caucus but also hinted that the bill wouldn’t make it through the committees to be heard for a vote.
“I can’t say we’re going to take that and pass it because we have to go through our checks and balances of it with our committee chairs and the rest. We welcome all the enthusiasm that people want to put on the table, and the Green New Deal is one of them, but we have to operate in a way that’s evidence-based, current in its data.”
While it looks as though Pelosi is the one putting the kibosh on the Green New Deal, Ocasio-Cortez took out her frustration on McConnell. The freshman congresswoman took to Twitter to call McConnell’s vote a “disgrace.”
The GOP’s whole game of wasting votes in Congress to target others “on the record”, for leg they have no intent to pass, is a disgrace.
Stop wasting the American peoples’ time + learn to govern. Our jobs aren’t for campaigning, & that’s exactly what these bluff-votes are for. https://t.co/ELzpQhlezo
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 23, 2019
Although Ocasio-Cortez thinks the vote on her legislation is a waste of time, the Senate is scheduled to vote on the Green New Deal on March 25. The members of the Senate will make their position clear, including many 2020 candidates who have already come out in support of the Green New Deal.