Sen. Sinema issues statement opposing "Green New Deal" initiatives

Pat Wise
March 28, 2019

Democrats called the GOP's move a "sham" and said it carries its own political risk by mocking an issue that a growing number of Americans care deeply about.

The only question mark among Democrats is 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".

The 43 "present" votes from Democrats were essentially protest votes, challenging McConnell's political play.

Gillibrand said most Republican lawmakers were lockstep in support of President Donald Trump's policies of rolling back environmental regulations and withdrawing from the 2015 Paris worldwide climate agreement and "have refused to put forward any real plan to address climate change in any meaningful way".

The non-binding Green New Deal resolution sought to speed a transition of the USA economy away from burning oil, gas and coal and emitting greenhouse gases from cars and industry blamed for climate change. Democratic leaders have resisted backing the deal, which has the support of all 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls in Congress. "The Green New Deal is not going to get us there", Boozman said. To spur innovations needed to curb climate change, "government must not shun the private sector", Hickenlooper said in the piece.

Republicans say the plan would devastate the economy and lead to a huge tax increase.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defended her sweeping environmental Green New Deal on Wednesday, a day after it overwhelmingly lost a procedural vote in the Senate that Democrats called a stunt meant to divide their party.

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.

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

But the recently elected Democratic rep from NY recently gave as good as she got in a passionate rebuttal of Republican criticism. Democrats-including the bill's champion, New York Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez-blasted McConnell's move as a "stunt vote". John Kennedy, R-La. He said he was treating the plan "with the seriousness it deserves".

Lee's aide then produced a picture of President Reagan seated atop a velociraptor, firing a machine gun with a rocket launcher strapped to his back and a tattered American flag in the dinosaur's mouth. "I believe that human emissions of greenhouse gases are a major cause of climate change", Alexander said. "The Republican majority must stop denying science and finally admit that climate change is real. This is too serious an issue for that", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said on the Senate floor Monday. "Mocking it is shameful".

"If this guy can be Senator, you can do anything".

"This is exactly Democrats' point - Republicans only want to make a mockery of the climate crisis", he wrote Tuesday.

"This should be our nation's moonshot", New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said in a press conference Tuesday morning.

All the presidential contenders in the Senate have signed on as co-sponsors of Ocasio-Cortez's signature legislation: Sens. She also said she wants to see pensions for coal miners fully funded.

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