Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had her Green New Deal unanimously voted down as Democrats along with Republicans voted 0-57 in opposition of the bill on Tuesday. This isn’t to say that she lacked support on the bill though as she encouraged those who did support the bill to simply vote “present,” which 43 Democrats reportedly did.
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After the unanimous vote, Ocasio-Cortez defended her bill blaming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who pushed for a vote knowing it would fail.
“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 freshman Democrat tweeted.
In a separate Tweet, Ocasio-Cortez tried to persuade the American public that what’s happening in the Midwest is not simply freaky weather. “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 explained.
McConnell countered by tweeting: “The American people will see, they will see which of their senators can do the common sense thing and vote ‘no’ on this destructive socialist daydream. And they will see which senators are so fully committed to radical left-wing ideology that they can’t even vote no on self-inflicted economic ruin.”
Three Democrats and one independent voted outright “no” on the matter. According to The Hill, Sens. Joe Manchin, Kyrsten Sinema, Doug Jones and Angus King all sided with the GOP. The Democratic party has been torn on the feasibility of Green New Deal and it would seem that the GOP used this to their advantage by forcing a vote on the matter to let the American populace see where each member stands.
Democrats took issue with this vote by calling it a “sham.” According to the Daily Mail, the resolution was non-binding, and even if every Democrat had voted “yes” instead of “present,” they still wouldn’t have had the 60 votes needed to advance the matter.