McConnell takes aim at Ocasio-Cortez with Green New Deal vote

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez  during a news conference in front of the U.S. Capitol

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez during a news conference in front of the U.S. Capitol

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, published the details of the "Green New Deal" proposal and a "frequently asked questions" section on February 5, then pulled them from her website on February 7. With its mission of shifting the United States towards clean and renewable energy, the resolution rests its climate- change solutions on its timeline to get rid of fossil fuels and nuclear energy by 2030.

Some Democrats hit back at the Republican attempt to call for a vote on the resolution before hearings and debates take place, calling it a "cynical" move. Many liberal Democrats, however, are backing the Green New Deal, praising its ambition and clear vision on sustainable practices. I'm going to do my job and take positions on issues that are imminently coming to the floor soon and on the ones I choose to.

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'It sounds like a high school term paper that got a low mark, ' Trump said of the sweeping outline that the New York Democrat unveiled last week. Through this economic restructuring, it seeks to provide economic security and environmental protection to the communities that are affected and neglected the most by climate change disasters.

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There's been word the resolution might not even get a vote in the Democratic-controlled House. A narrow majority of voters support raising taxes to fund a Green New Deal, according to a survey released last month by the think tank Data for Progress.

At least six senators running for president or considering White House bids backed the Green New Deal put forth by freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. His status as the vice chair of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus suggests he could help woo Republican support for the measure. A spokesman for the majority leader told HuffPost on Tuesday that he will not be writing his own legislation to address the threat posed by global warming.

"We are not only being disrupted by economic change, we're being disrupted by climate change", Buttigieg said. Kamala Harris D-Calif., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Cory Booker, D-N.J.

With reporting from NPR congressional correspondent Scott Detrow. Ed Markey of MA, the proposal calls for dramatic steps to virtually eliminate US greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

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