Today, the Senate rejected the procedural passing of the Green New Deal brought forth by newcomer Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY. All 53 Senate Republicans voted “no” while 4 Democrats joined them in also voting “no.” The remaining 43 Democrats including Bernie Sanders voted “present” but didn’t vote yes.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky went on the record to say that the Green New Deal is “a radical, top-down socialist makeover of the entire U.S. economy.”
Interestingly enough, Democratic Candidates in addition to Bernie Sanders, Sens. Kamala Harris of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York all voted “present” and not “yes” due do it not being written into final legislative language.
Some in favor of the concept of a Green New Deal argue that the proposal is the beginning of a framework to spark discussion and not ready for a vote.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a response to the vote wrote on Twitter, “W/the #GreenNewDeal, legislators, experts, & advocates have spent countless hours poring over details of industrial policy+impact of global temp/sea lvl projections. That’s what you do when you take your job seriously + respect the chamber.”