It would appear that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal isn't as big a "deal" as she would have America believe. The deal touted as a sweeping proposal by Democrats that takes aim at dealing with climate change has failed to cross its first hurdle in the Senate.
On Tuesday, the Senate failed in a test vote of obtaining the 60 votes necessary that would allow a debate on a non-binding resolution. There were 42 Democrats, along with Senator Bernie Sanders that voted "present."
Not one senator voted in favor of beginning debate on the deal in the legislation. However, 57 lawmakers did cast their vote against breaking the filibuster. Those who were included with the 53 Republicans that voted "no" were Democratic Senators Doug Jones of Alabama, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona. Also included was an individual that caucuses with the Democrats, that of Senator Angus King of Maine.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky teed the vote up, to make both Democratic senators—and the current 2020 presidential candidate hopefuls—put their opinions on the proposal officially on the record. McConnell had previously called the proposal “a radical, top-down, socialist makeover of the U.S economy.”
The Green New Deal sets its aim on climate control, but in a manner that would most definitely destroy the economy and trigger massive tax increases. The proposal calls for a complete shift from fossil fuels such as coal and oil, replacing them with such renewable sources as solar and wind power. There is also a call for the elimination of greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2030, including air travel and cow farts.
Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer referred to McConnell’s call for the vote a “sham vote.” He went on the claim that McConnell was attempting to move the real attention away from that of the consequences of climate control.
Surprisingly, Harris of California, Booker of New Jersey, Warren of Massachusetts, Klobuchar of Minnesota, and Gillibrand of New York—all of whom are currently campaigning for the Democratic candidacy in the upcoming 2020 election were noted as voting as “present.”
Gillibrand took to Twitter early Tuesday stating that “Today’s #GreenNewDeal vote is a partisan stunt to side-step needed debate on climate action, and give Republicans cover to put oil lobby checks over our kids. I don’t play ball with bad-faith farces.”
Not every Democratic member of Congress see it this way. Presidential candidate John Hickenlooper stated that he actually opposes the Green New Deal. He said that the proposal sets what he considers "unachievable goals" and at the same time shuns the private sector.
So, what’s the verdict—you decide.
Do you think if the Democrats were actually behind the proposal, they would have voted to debate, rather than voting “present?”s