The big question in the nation’s capital is: why are none of the Democrats talking about the Green New Deal? Democrats even appeared to distance themselves from the proposal at a recent House Committee Budget hearing that was—yeah you guessed it—based on climate change.
In defense of the fact they seem to be ignoring the Green New Deal, Representative John Yarmuth of Kentucky stated: "There are 11 committees that have jurisdiction over that piece of legislation, we're not one of them."
The GOP representative for Ohio, Bill Johnson, took issue Yarmuth’s comment, saying that any climate change hearing would be incomplete unless they addressed the Green New Deal. The legislation is currently co-sponsored by 93 House Democrats, as well as several of the Democrats hopefuls for the upcoming presidential election.
Questioning Yarmuth on the issue, Johnson asked how the committee could possibly have a serious discussion on climate change, and not include the Green New Deal, which supposedly resolves climate change. In his response, Yarmuth stated that the Green New Deal did not have Democratic majority support and that there were hundreds of other climate change proposals that need to be considered as well.
The Green New Deal, which was introduced in February by New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey, calls for the United States to make a complete overhaul of the economy and to achieve zero emissions within 10 short years. Also included in the legislation are programs that have nothing to do with climate control such as job guarantees and universal health care.
The GOP has gone so far as to label the Green New Deal as "socialist," and the top congressional Democrats have as of yet to embrace and own the deal. So much so that Nancy Pelosi, the House Speaker, has yet to give the legislation any time on the floor, as well as several Senators only voting “present” when it hit the Senate floor.
Scott Peters, the representative for California, has stated that not only is he not supporting the Green New Deal but that he considered it "divisive." He went on to state that most of the Democrats currently on the budget committee do not endorse it, although it had been said that it was co-sponsored by more than half of the committee's Democrats.
No matter how much the Green New Deal is presented to be the world's climate savior, the fact the party of its origin won't even endorse it speaks volumes.
So, what’s the verdict—you decide.
Will the Green New Deal actually even get off the ground and have its day on the Senate floor?