Rush Limbaugh: Sen. McConnell Calling Dems' Bluff With Green New Deal Vote

Sen. Sherrod Brown D-Ohio speaks at a rally in Brunswick Ohio Jan. 30

One of the co-authors of the Green New Deal is slamming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for announcing he's bringing the resolution to a vote.

The joint resolution by Democrats was proposed last week by New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts Sen.

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), a supporter of renewable energy who faces a tough re-election in his purplish home state in 2020, told E&E News he had no qualms about the upcoming vote, which is expected after the Presidents Day recess next week.

"I've noted with great interest the Green New Deal, and we're going to be voting on that in the Senate", McConnell said at a Senate Republican news conference.

Co-sponsor Markey said McConnell's call for a vote before hearings and a national debate on the Green New Deal was an attempt to sabotage the plan.

He offered no date for the vote.

At a rally Monday night in El Paso, Trump mocked the Green New Deal, saying, "It sounds like a high school term paper that got a low mark". It also seeks to involve marginalized communities disproportionately affected by climate change - those living in poverty, people of color and communities like Flint, Mich., already facing environmental struggles.

Ocasio-Cortez's comments suggesting millionaires may have to pay 70 percent in taxes to fund the Green New Deal, coupled with a rocky unveiling, have not helped her case in winning over her more moderate colleagues.

"While those things could be *part* of a solution, the GND resolution says they are inadequate as the whole answer".

Trump has frequently expressed doubt about climate change and said he does not believe action is needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. Ed Markey of MA, the proposal calls for dramatic steps to virtually eliminate U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

The proposal includes progressive agenda items like universal healthcare and a federal jobs guarantee.

While a number of Senate Democrats have endorsed the Green New Deal, including some who have declared presidential bids for 2020, others have exercised more caution when asked if they will support the measure. Ocasio-Cortez's spokesman also sent reporters a memo in which the congresswoman's office contradicted the resolution by taking positions on agricultural emissions, nuclear energy and air travel that did not appear in the formal legislation. Republicans see the proposal as a big liability for Democrats, portraying it as a socialist plot to ban airplanes and cows. Sherrod Brown, pointedly declined Tuesday to attach his name and dismissed liberal activists' contention that he has to support the Green New Deal in order to prove his commitment to the issue.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is planning to hold a vote on the Green New Deal-but not because the Republican wants it to pass.

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