McConnell promises a vote on Democrats' Green New Deal

Jake Tapper interviews member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy on the political crisis in Virginia, the impending government shutdown and the Green New Deal.

Posted: Feb 12, 2019 4:47 PM
Updated: Feb 12, 2019 4:47 PM


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to force Democrats to weigh in on a sweeping climate change and economic overhaul proposal jointly introduced last week by high-profile freshman Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey.

McConnell announced during a press conference Tuesday afternoon that he would send the so-called Green New Deal measure to the Senate floor for a vote "to see how they feel about the Green New Deal" -- a tactic he's used in recent years to put vulnerable opponents on the record supporting or opposing controversial policies.

Republicans are gearing up to make the Green New Deal a key campaign issue heading into the 2020 race. President Donald Trump took aim at the resolution at a rally in El Paso, Texas, on Monday, decrying it as "socialism" and painting elements of the proposal as pie-in-the-sky dreaming.

"I really don't like their policies of taking away your car, taking away your airplane flights, of 'let's hop a train to California,' or 'you're not allowed to own cows anymore!'" he told the crowd.

Among the array of progressive policy aims called for under the Green New Deal are a complete shift to renewable and zero-emissions energy sources, a massive effort to revamp American infrastructure, a federal jobs guarantee and a goal of carbon neutrality by 2030.

The idea of a Green New Deal has become a key policy initiative for Ocasio-Cortez, who shortly after being elected in November joined the Sunrise Movement to protest over the climate change issue in the office of now-Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Ocasio-Cortez subsquently paired up with Markey to begin working on the resolution.

Markey's office did not immediately respond to requests for comment on a Senate floor vote.

The measure has attracted support from potential and declared presidential candidates in the Senate, including Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and Amy Klobuchar.

Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy, another cosponsor of the Green New Deal who has said he has no plans to run, told CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday he thinks some version of the plan is "absolutely realistic."

But others aren't as ready to make a decision one way or the other. Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown, who is mulling a 2020 run, tiptoed around questions on the topic during a Christian Science Monitor breakfast on Tuesday morning, declining to take a firm position on the proposal.

"I support a Green New Deal and aggressively addressing climate change and what it means with infrastructure and other ways," Brown initially told reporters. "I'm not going to take position on every bill that's coming out," he said of Ocasio-Cortez and Markey's resolution.

When asked how he would vote if it were to come to the Senate floor, Brown said, "I don't know... I'm going to do my job and take positions on issues that are imminently coming to the floor soon and on the ones I choose to. I'm not going to analyze every bill that some people with a lot of big ideas are proposing."

In July of 2017, Republicans brought forward a single-payer health care amendment for a vote, which failed 0-57, all Democrats voting against it. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer slammed the maneuver as "pure cynicism, pure politics" at the time. And in earlier votes on former President Barack Obama's budget proposals, Democrats refused to play ball and voted no, protesting what they saw as a political ploy by McConnell.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 666516

Reported Deaths: 12726
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion912711659
Lake48687890
Allen36102644
Hamilton32445398
St. Joseph30306514
Elkhart25510420
Vanderburgh21326382
Tippecanoe20220205
Johnson16466363
Porter16068281
Hendricks15944302
Clark12060182
Madison11799323
Vigo11685234
Monroe10419164
Delaware9891179
LaPorte9831199
Howard9112201
Kosciusko8597111
Bartholomew7522147
Hancock7462134
Warrick7451153
Floyd7263173
Wayne6661192
Grant6462158
Boone616691
Morgan6129128
Dubois5936112
Dearborn551270
Cass5485100
Marshall5451105
Henry542995
Noble513178
Jackson465567
Shelby463391
Lawrence4195113
Gibson405185
Harrison403265
Clinton397553
Montgomery391684
DeKalb387478
Miami358263
Knox357885
Whitley351238
Huntington349477
Steuben340055
Putnam333960
Wabash333176
Ripley327962
Adams325449
Jasper319143
White298152
Jefferson296274
Daviess285996
Fayette272756
Decatur271688
Greene262680
Posey261432
Wells259075
Scott251850
LaGrange242470
Clay241644
Randolph226077
Spencer219430
Jennings216744
Washington213027
Sullivan203739
Fountain202842
Starke189951
Owen183654
Fulton179737
Jay178728
Carroll176919
Perry174036
Orange171451
Rush165622
Vermillion161543
Franklin159935
Tipton149541
Parke140216
Pike128533
Blackford120627
Pulaski107644
Newton96832
Brown95340
Benton92413
Crawford92213
Martin80314
Warren75914
Switzerland7558
Union67510
Ohio54211
Unassigned0427

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 977736

Reported Deaths: 17501
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin1129551251
Cuyahoga968561881
Hamilton738821067
Montgomery47506923
Summit40668831
Butler35827531
Lucas35779720
Stark29581826
Warren22574275
Lorain22190424
Mahoning19578551
Lake18545332
Clermont18519205
Delaware16597121
Licking15089194
Fairfield14644188
Trumbull14423424
Greene13659221
Medina13517237
Clark12376256
Wood11656170
Portage11127172
Allen10820216
Richland10372188
Miami10059194
Muskingum8238117
Columbiana8168210
Pickaway8094111
Tuscarawas8075232
Marion8020127
Wayne7933199
Erie6961146
Ross6173132
Geauga6114142
Hancock6030121
Scioto600488
Ashtabula5998154
Lawrence527586
Union516341
Darke5052116
Belmont4999137
Huron4859108
Jefferson4836137
Sandusky4798112
Washington474396
Seneca4734111
Athens466149
Mercer459781
Auglaize456582
Shelby442679
Knox4054105
Putnam400593
Madison395455
Fulton383161
Ashland382683
Brown374852
Defiance373788
Crawford360098
Logan357373
Preble353987
Clinton342455
Highland328451
Ottawa325371
Williams303568
Jackson291846
Champaign290949
Guernsey288845
Perry271148
Fayette269943
Morrow261437
Henry247861
Hardin247359
Holmes244497
Coshocton240756
Van Wert230157
Gallia223938
Adams218239
Pike217228
Wyandot212450
Hocking195054
Carroll182143
Paulding161034
Meigs136031
Noble129233
Monroe117237
Morgan102120
Harrison100731
Vinton76613
Unassigned00
Fort Wayne
Clear
32° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 18°
Feels Like: 26°
Angola
Clear
32° wxIcon
Hi: 44° Lo: 19°
Feels Like: 26°
Huntington
Partly Cloudy
32° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 20°
Feels Like: 32°
Fort Wayne
Clear
32° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 21°
Feels Like: 26°
Lima
Partly Cloudy
29° wxIcon
Hi: 45° Lo: 20°
Feels Like: 21°
Sunny Sunday
WFFT Radar
WFFT Temperatures
WFFT National

Community Events