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Senate Rejects Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal. Not a Single Democrat Voted ‘Yes’

“Wait. I don’t understand! Why didn’t Senate Dems vote yes on the Green New deal??”

In a 57-0 vote Tuesday, the Senate rejected the much-hyped Green New Deal proposal, which has been touted heavily by progressive democrats, most notably Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Notably, 43 democrats declined to go on record as voting “yes” for the plan, instead voting “present” in accordance with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s strategy. Liberal outlet Vox characterized the tactic as a successful evasion of Republican “trolling.” Three members of the Democratic caucus, Sens. Joe Manchin, Kyrsten Sinema, and Doug Jones, broke from the party line and voted “no.” Sen. Ed Markey, who was the primary sponsor of the Senate version of the bill, did not vote “yes” on the Green New Deal.

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Schumer has previously called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s plan to force Democrats to go on the record with their support of the ambitious – and expensive – plan, a political “stunt.”

Last month, McConnell announced his intention to hold a vote on the Green New Deal in the Senate. McConnell’s fellow Republican, Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming said then that the main motivation was 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.”

Ocasio-Cortez, likely the most vocal proponent of the controversial plan, expressed outrage Saturday at the GOP’s plan to hold a vote on the climate-change proposal.

“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.

Conservatives on social media found it strange that Ocasio-Cortez appeared to be agitated that the legislation she supports was being voted on.

“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?”

Conservatives were similarly puzzled by Senate Democrats’ refusal to endorse the plan Tuesday. “Politicians who want to be president should have the political courage either to vote for the proposals they say they support or to publicly oppose the policies for which they refuse to vote,” tweeted National Review’s Alexandra DeSanctis.

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