McConnell stated Tuesday afternoon that he's been following the media focus on the Green New Deal and wanted "to give everybody an opportunity to go on record" in the Senate.
It's not the first time McConnell tried to push Democrats to take a divisive vote.
In December, a poll from Yale and George Mason universities found that 81 percent of registered voters supported the goals of a Green New Deal, including 64 percent of Republicans and 57 percent of conservative Republicans.
Almost all of the Democratic senators running for president have thrown their support behind the Green New Deal, but the bill does not enjoy the same success among the rest of Democratic senators, with only 11 of 47 supporting the deal, according to a report from CNBC. "A Green New Deal is about jobs, and it is about justice".
"But McConnell is hoping to put Democrats in an uncomfortable political position with this vote, especially since the Green New Deal's rollout has already been marred by mistakes and mixed messages". Scientists have said that dramatic, immediate action is necessary to stem the catastrophic effects of climate change.
"I really don't like their policy of taking away your auto, of taking away your airplane rights", President Donald Trump said at a rally in El Paso, Texas, on Monday, referring to the memo. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and backed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, who's likely to enter the Democratic primary soon, is also a supporter.
"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".
"I really don't like their policy of taking away your auto, of taking away your airplane rights, of 'Let's hop a train to California, ' of you're not allowed to own cows anymore", Trump told the crowd. Ocasio-Cortez has since disavowed the FAQ, which was posted on her website, and suggested her political enemies disseminated the document to sabotage the proposal.
The Senate vote is not yet scheduled, and a spokesman for McConnell said that the Republican leader's office doesn't expect it to come this week.
Cheney asked the expert panel, comprised of four Democrat and two Republican witnesses, to state how they each arrived in Washington D.C., for the hearing. The legislation is widely expected to get voted down by a wide margin. McConnell's aim is to split Democrats between the left-leaning members vying for the passions of their party's base and more moderate senators who view the proposal as radical and disruptive.