Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was brought back to earth today when her signature proposal “The Green New Deal” didn’t receive a single vote to move it forward.
According to CBS New York, Senators voted 57-0 against a procedural motion to take up the nonbinding resolution, which called for the U.S. to shift away from fossil fuels such as oil and coal and replace them with renewable sources such as wind and solar power.
Leader McConnell scheduled Tuesday’s vote, saying it would force Democrats to take a stand on a plan that “might sound like a neat idea in places like San Francisco or New York” but would result in communities across the country being “absolutely crushed.”
Later today, the American people will see which of their senators can do the common-sense thing and vote “no” on this destructive socialist daydream.
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) March 26, 2019
By “basically outlawing the only sources of energy that working-class and middle-class families can actually afford,” the Green New Deal would “kill off entire domestic industries” and eliminate millions of jobs, McConnell said. The plan could lead to a spike in household electric bills of more than $300 a month, he said.
President Donald Trump also weighed in against the plan, which the White House called “job crushing.” At a luncheon with Senate Republicans, Trump urged lawmakers to keep the Green New Deal alive as an issue to use against Democrats.
“Climate change is not a joke,” said Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., the resolution’s lead Senate author. “Mocking it is shameful.”
The lead House author of the bill Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez lashed out at lawmakers who annihilated her signature proposal on Twitter. Ocasio-Cortez took credit for convincing her fellow Democrats to simply vote “present” at the 57-0 vote, instead of taking part in the one-sided affair.
The GOP’s climate delaying is costing us lives + destroying communities.
Iowa, Nebraska & many in the Midwest are catastrophically flooded right now, in one of the 1st major climate change disasters of 2019.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 26, 2019