Fiery Schumer Rails Against McConnell: Senate Vote on Green New Deal Would Be 'Political Stunt'
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) railed against Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Tuesday for planning to bring a version of the far-left Green New Deal up for a vote.
"Leader McConnell has spent a great deal of time here talking about bringing his version of the Green New Deal to the floor. Everybody knows it’s nothing more than a political stunt," Schumer said.
The proposal, chiefly championed by Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), would enact sweeping changes to many aspects of American life in an effort to reverse the effects of climate change.
— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) February 7, 2019
Parts of the deal, including those governing cow flatulence and virtual abandonment of air travel, have been used as fodder by Republicans for several weeks.
"Let's talk about some of the things that Leader McConnell could actually do to move the ball forward on climate change," Schumer said on the Senate floor.
He slammed Republicans, including President Donald Trump, for "rampant denialism" of climate change, and claimed the GOP is "afraid to say even climate change is real."
"No stunt that you bring to the floor is going to deter us," he added, calling on McConnell to put forward a resolution stating that climate change is real, is caused by human activity and must be addressed by Congress.
Last month, Markey similarly criticized McConnell, claiming a vote on the Green New Deal would be "an attempt to sabotage the movement we are building."
This isn't a new Republican trick. By rushing a vote on the #GreenNewDeal resolution, Republicans want to avoid a true national debate & kill our efforts to organize. We’re having the first national conversation on climate change in a decade. We can’t let Republicans sabotage it.
— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) February 12, 2019
Schumer blamed "dark" financial contributions from the oil and gas industry to Republicans for the party's lack of action on the issue.
McConnell wrote Monday in the Louisville Courier-Journal that the Green New Deal is a "radical" proposal that would "uproot" the lives of Americans. He chided Schumer for his opposition to a floor vote on the proposal.
"I’m not sure I remember another time when the champions of a legislative proposal were this upset they were getting a chance to actually vote on it. But we already know this: The Democratic leader of the Senate has refused to endorse it, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called it the “green dream” and has no plans to even hold a vote," he wrote.