Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s socialist plan for a Green New Deal absolutely tanked when put to a vote in the Senate yesterday, according to DailyMail.com.
Mitch McConnell had called for the bill to be voted upon on Tuesday, excited to put everyone ‘on record’ and see not only where those on the left stood, but to call out the progressive socialist nature of lawmakers on the extreme left.
‘This whole Democrat effort to re-brand all the failed ideas of 20th century socialism with a little green paint – every member of this body will have the opportunity to cast a clear vote,’ McConnell said.
I could not be more glad that the American people will have the opportunity to learn precisely where each one of their senators stand on the “Green New Deal”: a radical, top-down, socialist makeover of the entire U.S. economy.
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) March 25, 2019
The bill was voted down unanimously in a shocking 57 – 0 tally. 43 Senators voted ‘present’, which in voting terms essentially equates to a soft ‘no’.
Because I encouraged them to vote present, along w/ others.
McConnell tried to rush the #GreenNewDeal straight to the floor without a hearing.
The real question we should be asking: Why does the Senate GOP refuse to hold any major hearings on climate change? https://t.co/de8oKOXeJf
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 26, 2019
What makes this such an interesting result is that top Democrats actually sided with Republicans against the GND bill. West Virginia’s Joe Manchin (D) and Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema (D) were among the ‘no’ votes.
Ocasio-Cortez had taken her feelings of anger to social media on Tuesday before the vote, calling McConnell’s request for a vote on the bill a disgrace.
The GOP’s whole game of wasting votes in Congress to target others “on the record”, for leg they have no intent to pass, is a disgrace.
Stop wasting the American peoples’ time + learn to govern. Our jobs aren’t for campaigning, & that’s exactly what these bluff-votes are for. https://t.co/ELzpQhlezo
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 23, 2019
After the staggering loss on the vote, AOC tweeted that she had asked Democratic senators to vote ‘present’ instead of ‘yes’. The vote was criticized by Democrats as a ‘sham’ of a vote, needing 60 votes to advance when there are only 47 Democrats in the Senate.
After reading the Green New Deal I’m afraid of not being able to get through this speech with a straight face,’ Senator Mike Lee said as he presented pictures of Aquaman on a seahorse and Reagan on a dinosaur to make his points on the bill.
Lee added that ‘problems of human imagination are not solved by more laws, they’re solved by more humans, more people.’
‘The solution to climate change is not this unserious resolution we’re considering this week in the Senate but rather the serious solution to human flourishing. The solution to so many of our problems at all times and in all places is to fall in love, get married, and have some kids,’ he said.
The Green New Deal is a plan that aims to address climate change as well as fix economic inequality. It has been widely criticized as a socialist move that would cost in inordinate amount of money. A multitude of Democrats have voiced their opposition including Dianne Feinstein, who stated that there is “no way to pay for it.”
Details of the plan include free housing, universal healthcare as well as access to higher education with little or no cost. In February 2019 it was estimated that the plan could cost between $51–$93 trillion over the next decade, which breaks down to a $600,000 cost per household.
The Green New Deal aims to make major changes within the United States that address global climate change by eliminating all carbon emissions. The GND also claims that it will create a vast amount of jobs, helping to boost the economy.
In addition to the economy stimulus, Ocasio-Cortez wants the program to help the poor, disabled and minority communities with government aid, which sets lofty goals and creates an even higher cost for the overall plan.
Some original points within the GND revealed plans for a high-speed rail system that would encompass the entire country and would make plane transportation obsolete, therefore reducing significant carbon emissions from both road and air travel.