Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

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

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

The Kentucky Republican's maneuver is likely an effort to both get the many Democratic senators running for president on the record on the resolution, as well as to demonstrate that there are senators on both sides of the aisle opposed to the outline.

The legislation would allot about $1.4 billion for border fencing, far less than the $5.7 billion Trump wanted for a wall.

Also on Congress reaches last-minute deal to avoid another government shutdown... Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) urged Trump to sign the bill and spare the country of "another nightmare" shutdown. McConnell wants to get Democratic presidential candidates on the record about the controversial, but nevertheless exciting policy moonshot, so that Republicans can hit them with attacks mischaracterizing the deal, as Trump did at his El Paso rally on Monday: "I really don't like their policy of taking away your vehicle, of taking away your airplane rights, of 'let's hop a train to California, ' of you're not allowed to own cows anymore!"

"To me, this is just so extreme", said John Barrasso of Wyoming. According to a GOP strategist that spoke with Axios, Republicans will emphasize the Green New Deal among "middle, lower classes and poverty stricken areas of America", broad constituencies crucial to either party's 2020 hopes. "And we're going to be voting on that in the Senate".

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President Trump said that he "wasn't happy" with the tentative deal, but did signal he was open to negotiate if allowed to include some of his own adjustments: "I'm adding things to it".

Trump is already testing out this approach. "It's all going to happen, where we're going to build a attractive, big, strong wall".

He added, "There's no difference of opinion between the parties as I know it when it comes to risky people in this country".

Reporters on the ground in El Paso, Texas - where Trump held a big campaign-style rally on Monday evening - posted photos of construction crews erecting a barrier made of steel slats.

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The Green New Deal resolution unveiled last Thursday is a nonbinding measure meant to define the scope of what future legislation requires to make a serious dent in surging greenhouse gas emissions. "Imagine the absurdity of this: House Democrats want to set a limit on how many criminal aliens our government can detain".

Republicans largely remained silent on the Green New Deal late previous year when Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and a cadre of left-leaning Democrats began demanding a select committee in the House devoted to the proposal.

Markey wrote in a follow-up tweet, warning Senate Democrats "This isn't a new Republican trick". Some 800,000 federal workers were either sent home or mandated to work without pay.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) also didn't seem too impressed with the Green New Deal resolution last week.

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