Mitch McConnell will make Democratic senators vote on the 'Green New Deal'

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday he'll bring Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's signature climate proposal to a vote on the Senate floor - a move created to put Democrats on the spot.

McConnell said he will have the chamber vote on the initiative to "give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel".

"I've noted with great interest the Green New Deal and we're going to be voting on that in the Senate", McConnell told reporters Tuesday.

If I may borrow a rather good point from Twitchy: "There's no time for a debate or a "national conversation" on climate change: the earth only has 12 years left according to Ocasio-Cortez. I mean, clearly "The Turtle" is trying to kill this, and they understand it", Limbaugh added, using his nickname to describe McConnell.

"I think it is very important for the Democrats to press forward with their Green New Deal", he tweeted.

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Ocasio-Cortez introduced two companion resolutions to bring the Green New Deal to vote last week. 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.

So far, Senators Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Kirsten Gillibrand and Cory Booker, who are all running for president, have co-sponsored the legislation.

President Donald Trump slammed the plan at a rally Monday in Texas, saying it would "shut down American energy".

The proposal includes progressive agenda items like universal healthcare and a federal jobs guarantee. 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. While some environmental advocates applauded the plan's grand scope, experts said the plan's aim to get to net-zero carbon emissions in 10 years seemed unrealistic. Republicans see the proposal as a big liability for Democrats, portraying it as a socialist plot to ban airplanes and cows.

McConnell and other Republicans oppose the plan but are hoping to force Senate Democrats - including a crowd of 2020 presidential candidates - to vote on a proposal Republicans say would drive the economy off a cliff and lead to a huge tax increase.

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) criticized Republicans on Tuesday for pledging to hold what is essentially a show vote on the Green New Deal, given that they have not advanced any serious efforts to address climate change. "The Green New Deal resolution has struck a powerful chord in this country, and Republicans, climate deniers, and the fossil fuel industry are going to end up on the wrong side of history", he said.