Green New Deal fails in the Senate, Dems avoid taking formal position
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A stark rebuke by the Senate Tuesday on the bold climate change action plan known as the Green New Deal.
The bill was blocked in the Senate by a 0-57 vote with 43 Democrats voting “present,” allowing them to avoid taking a formal position on the controversially ambitious proposal.
The fast-tracked vote – taken without the standard protocol of hearings and other formalities – came as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell essentially forced Democrats to go on the record, including Senators running for president. Every Democratic senator in the 2020 race was a co-sponsor of the bill.
The vote follows weeks of Democrats slamming Republicans for not having a plan of their own to combat climate change.
The Green New Deal was introduced last month by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.). Inside, it calls for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions over the next 10 years, and creating clean, green energy infrastructure among other progressive platforms.
Before the vote, supporters of the Green New Deal rallied outside the Capitol, including Markey and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who officially jumped into the 2020 race over the weekend.
“The Green New Deal is about jobs and justice at the same time,” Markey said.
“We will not fall for this stunt because we know that climate change isn’t something that should be treated like a game,” Gillibrand said.
Three Democrats voted with Republicans on the measure: Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Doug Jones of Alabama, and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, along with and Independent Senator Angus King of Maine.