Mitch McConnell, senate majority leader, wants to put the Green New Deal before the Senate for a vote. Not so fast, angry GND supporters protest. And cosponsor Sen. Ed Markey tweeted, “By rushing a vote on the #GreenNewDeal resolution, Republicans want to avoid a true national debate & kill our efforts to organize. We’re having the first national conversation on climate change in a decade. We can’t let Republicans sabotage it.”
Why Shouldn’t the Senate Vote?
Exactly what are Republicans “rushing”? Here we have Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Cory Booker endorsing it. If each of these senators is making the plan part of his or her presidential aspiration, “why,” David Harsanyi asks in the Federalist, “shouldn’t the entire Senate vote on it as well?”
How exactly would a vote “sabotage” or “kill” a Green New Deal that is nothing but a resolution recognizing “the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal.”
It’s a “show vote,” on purpose.
It’s an affirmation of intent.
Does Markey not support securing the future of his own prospective bill? Why did he file it? And how exactly could the co-authors of the Green New Deal not be organized? They’ve been scaremongering Americans about impending catastrophic climate change for the past 30 years, at least.
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