Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal was solidly rejected on Tuesday at both Democrats and Republicans voted down her plan 57-0. She said she didn't want vote to happen and complained that GOP climate policies are wrecking havoc on the world.
Not a single Senator voted 'yes' in the final vote of 57 nays and 43 present – most of the Democrats who voted did so with ‘present’ in protest, which Rep. Ocasio-Cortez claims she encouraged them to do. “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?,” the self-described socialist explained in a tweet responding to the lack of Democratic votes. “The GOP’s climate delaying is costing us lives + destroying communities. Iowa, Nebraska & many in the Midwest are catastrophically flooded right now, in one of the 1st major climate change disasters of 2019. A #GreenNewDeal urges us to pursue a plan on the scale of the problem,” she added.
Earlier in the day, Republican Senator Mike Lee mocked the Green New Deal in a speech on the Senate floor using a variety of photos to make his point, including Aquaman on a sea horse, Ronald Reagan and a dinosaur, a still from the 'Star Wars' franchise of Luke Skywalker riding a tauntaun, and cows. “After reading the Green New Deal I'm afraid of not being able to get through this speech with a straight face,” Senator Lee said as he began his remarks. “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 added. He argued that the deal would ban airplanes and leave Hawaii to use “a massive fleet of giant, highly trained sea horses” to get around. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez childishly tweeted in response that “If this guy can be Senator, you can do anything.”
All the Democratic presidential contenders in the Senate have signed on as co-sponsors of Rep. Ocasio-Cortez's signature legislation: Senators Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, and Kirsten Gillibrand.
Senator McConnell put the vote on the calendar to force Democrats, including a slew of 2020 presidential contenders, to go on the record about the progressive plan in a vote that he knew would fail. “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,” he said Monday on the Senate floor.
The conservative American Action Forum estimated the Green New Deal will cost USD $93 trillion. Other organizations have found the deal too vague to get a full cost, although Forbes estimated just six of the goals would roughly cost USD $2.5 trillion a year.