WASHINGTON – Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is anxious to corner Senate Democrats – including several who are running for president in 2020 – on the Green New Deal, an ambitious plan to combat climate change and promote social justice that conservatives denounce as radical.
McConnell told reporters Tuesday he plans to bring the resolution to a vote “to give everybody an opportunity to go on record to see how they feel about the Green New Deal.”
The legislation is a proposal from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass.
Such a vote could force as many as seven Senate Democrats who have announced or are considering a run for president to choose a side on the debate over the controversial measure that calls not only for a sharp transition to 100 percent renewable energy but also higher education, housing and job guarantees for all U.S. citizens.
Senators who have announced they will seek the Democratic nomination for president include Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Kamala Harris of California, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Cory Booker of New Jersey. Those considering a run include Sherrod Brown of Ohio, and Bernie Sanders, a Vermont Independent.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Green New Deal: McConnell wants Democrats to go ‘on record’ about the bold climate change plan