“Someone seems weirdly upset that the Senate will be voting on their plan…”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the most vocal proponent of the ambitious and controversial Green New Deal, expressed outrage Saturday at the GOP’s plan to hold a vote on the much-hyped climate-change proposal.
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“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,” the freshman congresswoman said in a tweeted reply to Washington Post congressional reporter Paul Kane.
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
“Stop wasting the American peoples’ time + learn to govern. Our jobs aren’t for campaigning, & that’s exactly what these bluff-votes are for,” she added.
Conservatives on social media ridiculed Ocasio-Cortez for being agitated that the legislation she supports is being voted on.
Someone seems weirdly upset that the Senate will be voting on their plan… https://t.co/9AASlK01fL
— (((AG))) (@AG_Conservative) March 23, 2019
“If planet is in a crisis and this serious proposal (totally not a stunt!) is the only plan to save it, you would think AOC wd be: 1) thanking McConnell for scheduling a vote & 2) working to get votes to pass it,” conservative writer Allen Ginzburg queried. “In fact, shouldn’t she be mad at Pelosi for not doing the same?”
Ocasio-Cortez has argued that climate change is one of the “biggest existential threats to our way of life – not just as a nation but as a world.”
In an analysis piece, Kane argued that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was using the “show vote” in an attempt to divide mainstream Democrats from the ostensibly more radical supporters of the Green New Deal.
Kane wrote that he was “doubtful the strategy will produce any immediate signs of division,” thanks to Democrats’ rallying around Senate Minority Leader’s Chuck Schumer’s strategy to vote present.
“Senate Republicans are trying to elevate the ideas and personalities of House Democrats in a bid to divide the opposition into the rising liberal stars, the party’s presidential contenders and its more mainstream lawmakers,” he wrote.
McConnell and his GOP allies in the Senate admitted as much last month. McConnell told reporters back in February that he wants to put Democrats “on the record” about the big-spending plan. Republican Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming said that the main motivation for the vote is to call out Democratic presidential wannabes, saying it’s important “to get people on record as to how much they really want to take this country in a hard left direction.”
The Green New Deal resolution has no chance of passing the Senate, where it will need 51 votes and faces blanket opposition from Republicans, who hold 53 of the chamber’s 100 seats.
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