Republican leader says Senate will vote on Green New Deal

"I've noted with great interest the 'Green New Deal.' We're going to be voting on that in the Senate; giving everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the 'Green New Deal, '" said McConnell.

It's not the first time McConnell tried to push Democrats to take a divisive vote.

Even without McConnell's efforts, the Green New Deal has become the latest flashpoint in the Democratic party's internal conflict between its centrists and its unapologetic left wing.

While a number of Senate Democrats have endorsed the Green New Deal, including some who have declared presidential bids for 2020, others have exercised more caution when asked if they will support the measure.

McConnell's scheduling a vote is strategic, intended to leverage a lack of Democratic unity behind the Green New Deal as a means to tackle climate change.

However, after McConnell told the press that he would bring the Green New Deal to a vote, Markey took to Twitter to slam the decision.

Unlike past efforts to reduce emissions, the Green New Deal takes stock of the fact that climate change uniquely touches on nearly every part of the economy and threatens to wildly exacerbate a vast slate of social ills, including disease, poverty and structural racism.

At a rally Monday night in El Paso, Trump mocked the Green New Deal, saying, "It sounds like a high school term paper that got a low mark".

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has also expressed his support for the initiative, but has not formally announced whether he will run for president in 2020.

Introduced by freshman Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., it has gotten some lip service from presidential hopefuls in the Senate, including Sens.

"Broadly speaking, a vote on the resolution will do little more for Republicans than further elevate an issue on which they're deeply at odds with public opinion". The ambitious proposal has been spearheaded by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. It was officially unveiled to Congress last week by Ocasio-Cortez and Democratic Senator Edward Markey in the form of nonbinding resolutions.

"Instead of trying to cause mischief, the #Republican Party should put forward its own serious proposal to address #climatechange", Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.

However, plenty of Democrats still aren't sold on the bill - among them, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. "Unfortunately for Mitch, all he's going to do is show just how out of touch Republican politicians are with the American people".

  • Joey Payne