Republican leader says Senate will vote on Green New Deal

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Republicans are gearing up to make the Green New Deal a key campaign issue heading into the 2020 race.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined by fellow Republican senators, spoke about the Green New Deal Tuesday.

The proposals known as the Green New Deal were crafted in conjunction with Senator Ed Markey of MA.

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.

The so-called Green New Deal came under fire nearly immediately from Republicans, saying it would cost trillions of dollars, would destroy the USA economy and result in huge tax increases.

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

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But the numbers are growing.

Critics also pounced on a blog post from Ocasio-Cortez's office - now taken down - that said the policy assures "economic security to all who are unable or unwilling to work". When a country that values the freedom of speech as much as the USA begins to equate the use of funds with that fundamental right, well, that's how we end up in our current cesspit. A spokesman for the majority leader told HuffPost on Tuesday that he will not be writing his own legislation to address the threat posed by global warming.

Want to see what else they had to say? Thankfully, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez engaged in a lightning-round series of questions during a House committee in a since-viral video, showing us, plain and simple, that it's entirely legal for members of the government to be "80s-style greedy villains under USA law".

With reporting from NPR congressional correspondent Scott Detrow.

Although Markey and Ocasio-Cortez's office subsequently distanced themselves from the memo, Republicans quickly denounced the resolution as a Trojan horse for more controversial, left-wing proposals that are unlikely to garner the same widespread support those outlined in the resolution might.

President Donald Trump slammed the plan at a rally Monday in Texas, saying it would "shut down American energy". John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. 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".

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