Schumer Hits McConnell for Wanting to Vote on Green New Deal: ‘Nothing More Than a Political Stunt’
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) criticized Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Tuesday for wanting to bring the Green New Deal to a vote on the Senate floor.
“Leader McConnell has spent a great deal of time here talking about bringing his version of the Green New Deal to the floor. Everybody knows it’s nothing more than a political stunt,” Schumer said. “Everybody knows that the same Republican leader decried bringing bills to reopen the government because the President wouldn’t sign them and he said those were stunts. Now he’s doing the same thing.”
“So let’s talk about some of the things that Leader McConnell could actually do to move the ball forward on climate change, which now more and more people, two-thirds of Americans if you believe the polling, believe is a real threat to our planet that demands the Senate’s action. Not stunts, not games,” he continued.
Schumer said McConnell could bring a resolution to the floor that all 47 Democrats introduced stating the following: “One, climate change is real. Two, climate change is caused by human activity. And, three, Congress must immediately act to address the problem.”
Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) similarly said McConnell was trying to “sabotage” and “silence” voters by bringing the Green New Deal to the Senate floor:
This isn’t a new Republican trick. 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.
— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) February 12, 2019
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