Senate to vote on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal

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The new plan was advanced last Thursday at a press conference by freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) and Sen. It also calls for upgrading all existing buildings to be energy-efficient.

McConnell's goal, of course, is not to help the bill pass. Putting it to a vote will force Democrats in the Senate to take a stand on the controversial framework.

But reporters and news organizations said the fact sheet had been provided by Ocasio-Cortez's office before the legislation's official release and was not "leaked" to them.

Even the left-leaning NPR admitted the Green New Deal's objectives would be "very hard to implement".

McConnell did not provide a voting timetable, Politico reported. Many liberal Democrats, however, are backing the Green New Deal, praising its ambition and clear vision on sustainable practices.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made a decisive move Tuesday, saying that he hopes President Donald Trump will "decide to sign" the compromise border deal brokered by a bipartisan group of lawmakers.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has also expressed his support for the initiative, but has not formally announced whether he will run for president in 2020. "How are we getting to Hawaii on a train?"

"I think the elegance, from a policy perspective, of the concept of the Green New Deal, is that it matches a sense of urgency about that problem with climate change with a sense of opportunity around what the solutions might represent", Buttigieg explained.

The forthcoming vote isn't the first or the last time Senate Republicans forced Democratic presidential hopefuls to go on the record about a liberal proposal they believe will alienate moderate voters later.

One of the most chilling lines she utters comes after she confirms that the use of hush money is legal: "That money is considered speech".

"The Green New Deal is a raw deal for the American taxpayer", said Sen.

"Republicans don't want to debate climate change, they only want to deny it", Markey said in responding to McConnell. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), who co-sponsored the resolution in the Senate, said the proposal's principles "resonate with the American people - a mission to save all of creation by investing in massive job creation".

With reporting from NPR congressional correspondent Scott Detrow.