GOP Senator Attacks Green New Deal with Image of Reagan Riding Velociraptor

GOP Senator Attacks Green New Deal with Image of Reagan Riding Velociraptor

The vote was 57 against the resolution in the 100-member chamber, with 43 Democrats voting "present", avoiding an up-or-down vote.

Three Democrats and independent Sen. "We will be turning the tables on Republicans who have no plan on climate change and have no intention of passing legislation to combat it".

Ocasio-Cortez also said she had encouraged fellow Democrats to vote present, and questioned Republicans' reluctance to schedule major hearings on the effects of climate change. The Green New Deal encompasses a broad swath of policies aimed at transitioning to a green economy that simultaneously empowers workers and the communities most affected by fossil fuels.

Republican leaders in the Senate had scheduled Tuesday's vote in an effort to turn the proposal into a wedge issue in the 2020 elections, hoping to force Democrats on the record about their support - or opposition - for a proposal that is popular among the Democratic base but has been criticized by many conservatives.

"We talk about cost - we're going to pay for this whether we pass a Green New Deal or not". To spur innovations needed to curb climate change, "government must not shun the private sector", Hickenlooper said in the piece. Republicans have railed against the proposal, saying it would devastate the economy and trigger massive tax increases.

Tuesday's televised invite came as Barr's Kentucky counterpart, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, sought to put Senate Democratic presidential contenders in a bind by forcing the vote Tuesday on the Green New Deal.


Not one senator voted in support of the nonbinding resolution. The plan could lead to a spike in household electric bills of over $300 a month, he said.

President Donald Trump also weighed in against the plan, which the White House called "job crushing".

Republicans have slammed the Green New Deal.

"He said it's important to run against", said Sen. He wanted to put Democrats, especially those running for president, on-the-record about their support for the high-profile and controversial plan, which was authored by two progressive Democrats, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY and Sen. John Kennedy, R-La.

"I invite her to go underground with me and meet the men and women who do heroic work to power the American economy", Barr said, adding that he wants her to meet with coal miners "who will tell you what the Green New Deal would mean for their families, their paychecks".

Lee used a series of unusual pictures ― including one which showed former President Ronald Reagan astride a velociraptor ― to attack the congressional resolution that Rep.


"The solution to climate change is not this unserious resolution", Lee said. " Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, pointing to devastating floods in the Midwest as a sign that climate catastrophe was imminent". "The Republican majority must stop denying science and finally admit that climate change is real". "Mocking it is shameful".

Ocasio-Cortez fired back on Twitter.

"Senate Republicans are playing political games with climate change".

Slowing climate change "should be our nation's moonshot" in the 21st century, Gillibrand argued.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) told the Senate Tuesday that the proposed environmental legislation was not worth treating with respect.

"I've never seen a bill sponsored by a dozen people who don't want to vote on it", said Sen.


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