Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has officially announced that the Senate will vote on the Green New Deal put forward by congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). The deal is an overarching plan to combat the effects of climate change through a reimagining of the U.S. economy. The non-binding resolution outlines “a 10-year plan to mobilize every aspect of American society at a scale not seen since World War 2 to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and create economic and prosperity for all.” The plan has been publicly supported by several key democrats, including those who have launched presidential campaigns, like Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). McConnell’s decision to call for a vote is largely seen as an effort to get Democrats running in 2020 on the record supporting a resolution that Republicans believe will prove detrimental to them in general elections.
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