McConnell: We will vote on the ‘Green New Deal’

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 12:56 PM PT – Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he will put the Democrats ‘Green New Deal’ up for a floor vote.

On Tuesday, McConnell spoke on Capitol Hill with Senate leadership to talk about the upcoming agenda. The legislation, co-sponsored by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has received much backlash since its roll-out.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., left, joined by Majority Whip John Thune, R-S.D., center, and Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., right, chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the top Senate border security negotiator, speak to reporters about the bipartisan compromise worked out last night to avert another government shutdown, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

To the surprise of most, McConnell said he would see what the pulse of the upper chamber is on the ambitious environmental bill.

“I’ve noted with interest the ‘Green New Deal’ and we’re going to be voting on that in the Senate, we’ll give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the ‘Green Nw Deal,’ he stated.”

Critics are saying forcing a vote in the Senate would help Republicans portray Democrats as extreme on energy policy reforms ahead of the 2020 elections. Many are also saying the deal would severely hurt the economy.