Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.) thinks that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is trying to “sabotage” the Green New Deal by allowing the Senate to vote on the issue.
As IJR previously reported, McConnell announced on Tuesday that the Senate would be voting on the Green New Deal resolution so that members of the Senate can have their support or opposition to the bill on record.
.@Senatemajldr: "I've noted with great interest the Green New Deal. And 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 #GreenNewDeal." pic.twitter.com/1HP5lSDjzM
— CSPAN (@cspan) February 12, 2019
“I’ve noted with great interest the Green New Deal. And 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.”
Many found this to be a brilliant move on behalf of McConnell because the Democratic senators will have to either put their name on the resolution and its extreme goals or they will have to go against the more liberal wing of the party and oppose the resolution.
Some senators were rattled by the decision, including Sen. Markey. He took to Twitter to explain why he thought this was McConnell’s attempt to “silence” Democrats by making them vocalize their support for the resolution in a vote.
This isn't a new Republican trick. By rushing a vote on the #GreenNewDeal resolution, Republicans want to avoid a true national debate & kill our efforts to organize. We’re having the first national conversation on climate change in a decade. We can’t let Republicans sabotage it.
— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) February 12, 2019
Markey claimed this move by McConnell was an effort to “kill” climate activists’ efforts to organize behind the Green New Deal, rather than McConnell just wanting Democrats to put their name on a resolution he sees as damaging.
Many on Twitter found Markey’s tweet to be laughable.
I really don't think McConnell is even attempted to fool anyone here https://t.co/U3mK3x0j5g
— Jamie Weinstein (@Jamie_Weinstein) February 13, 2019
"Republicans are sabotaging our resolution by voting on it. We demand that they cancel the vote, which will also be sabotage." https://t.co/Z1HBi1se3n
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) February 13, 2019
Old and busted: We have to pass the bill to see what's in it.
New hotness: Voting on passing the bill sabotages what's in it. https://t.co/3Cclh28TcM
— Caleb Howe (@CalebHowe) February 13, 2019
A Democrat is mad at McConnell for allowing a vote on a bill that was literally proposed by Democrats.
Cocaine Mitch really earned his title with this play. https://t.co/tAVgNuLtUK
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) February 13, 2019
As IJR previously reported, the Green New Deal, as proposed by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s team, was filled with questionable policy goals. The resolution itself included a job guarantee for all Americans and a goal of 100 percent renewable energy, without using nuclear power.