SALT LAKE CITY — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that the Senate will hold a vote Wednesday on the Green New Deal, an energy and environmental plan that’s been touted by prominent progressive Democrats.
- "I've noted with great interest the Green New Deal, and we're going to be voting on that in the Senate to give everybody an opportunity to go on record," McConnell said, according to CNBC.
- New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey, who are both Democrats, introduced the climate change bill last week, according to Axios.
Why?: So why does McConnell want to get everyone on the record? It has to do with the 2020 presidential election, according to Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, who is also chairman for the Environment and Public Works Committee.
- “It’s astonishing to see this many presidential candidates moving so far to the left on a position that is going to raise energy costs for families, hurt jobs in America and really provide almost a government takeover of many of the industries in our country,” he said, according to The Hill.
- He added that it’s important “to get people on record as to how much they really want to take this country in a hard left direction.”
Support: As The Hill reported, politicians running for office in 2020 — Sens. Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar and Kirsten Gillibrand — have all backed the deal.
Republicans, meanwhile, remain against it, according to The Hill.
“If you read the 14 pages of this Green New Deal, it goes way beyond just energy. It’s almost a manifesto of a whole change in what, to me, is democracy in America,” Barrasso said.
What it says: According to BBC News, the GND is “is more a political statement than a set of proposals aimed at penalizing U.S. citizens.”
- The plan outlines “how economies should work to deal with the root causes of climate change,” BBC reported.
- Most prominently, the deal would give the U.S. 10 years to focus on renewable energy rather than carbon. The bill calls for new and existing buildings to be upgraded for better energy efficiency. Transport would also be fixed to end all greenhouse gas emissions, BBC News reported.
- The plan calls for the government to "guarantee a job with a family-sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations and retirement security to all people of the United States,” too, according to BBC News.
More: As Vox noted, “most of the resolution consists of goals and policies that anyone who takes climate change seriously will find necessary. But down toward the bottom of the list of projects, the resolution really lets its hair down and gets funky. Readers who make it that far into the document will find some eyebrow-raising doozies.
“If you’re keeping score at home, the Green New Deal now involves a federal job guarantee, the right to unionize, liberal trade and monopoly policies and universal housing and health care,” according to Vox.