Senate UNANIMOUSLY votes down Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal
The Senate roundly rejected Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal as expected on Tuesday with not a single senator voting 'yes' for the progressive star's signature coverage initiative.
Ocasio-Cortez defended herself after the defeat and argued she influenced the Democratic senators to vote 'present' alternatively of in the affirmative.
'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 have to be asking: Why does the Senate GOP refuse to keep 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 alternate disasters of 2019. A #GreenNewDeal urges us to pursue a sketch on the scale of the problem,' she added.
Democrats slammed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for retaining a 'sham' vote on the matter - it used to be a non-binding resolution, which means it had no force of law, and needed 60 votes to develop in the legislative process, which was an impossible mission given Democrats solely have forty seven votes in their corner.
Most of the Democrats voted 'present' in protest whilst Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin, who represents the purple state of West Virginia; Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona; and Doug Jones of Alabama voted no, as did Independent Sen. Angus King of Maine, who caucuses with Democrats.
The final vote was fifty seven nays and forty three present. two
CTM News | 27th March 2019