The Green New Deal, a far-reaching proposal by the Democrats on climate change, fell on the first hurdle on Tuesday when the Senate did not reach the 60 votes required to start a debate on the noncommittal resolution, with 42 Democrats and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., voted "present".
No senator voted for a debate over the legislation, while 57 legislators vote against breaking the filibusibus. Democratic Sens. Doug Jones of Alabama, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona voted "No" to the 53 Republicans in the vote. Senator Angus King, I-Maine, who deals with the Democrats, also voted "no."
The vote was taken by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., In an appeal to make Democratic senators, including several 2020 presidential candidates, to report on the measure. McConnell had described the proposal as a "radical, socialist transformation of the entire US economy from top to bottom".
The Green New Deal calls on the US to divest fossil fuels such as oil and coal and replace them with renewable sources such as wind and solar. It demands that by 2030 greenhouse gas emissions responsible for global warming be virtually eliminated. Republicans have criticized the proposal, saying it would destroy the economy and trigger massive tax hikes.
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, described the Green New Deal as "ridiculous" and showed pictures of dinosaurs, cartoon characters and babies in the Senate. He said he treated the plan "with the seriousness he deserves."
Democrats, led by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, called McConnell's move a "bogus vote" that aimed to divert attention from the real debate on the effects of climate change. Sanders, Sens. Kamala Harris of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York ̵
"Today's # GreenNewDeal vote is a partisan stunt for the necessary climate change debate and provides cover to the Republicans to control our children's oil lobby," added Gillibrand on Tuesday. I do not play with malicious farces. "
" Climate change is an existential threat and confrontation requires brave action, "Harris said in a statement after the vote." … Political stunts will not get us anywhere. To fight this crisis, the Republican majority must first stop denying science, and finally admit that climate change is real and man is the dominant cause. Then we can take serious action to tackle the climate crisis to the extent of the problem.
Democratic presidential candidate John Hickenlooper, however, said on Tuesday that he wanted to reject the Green New Deal, the former governor of Colorado said the proposal set "unattainable targets" and avoided the private sector.
Manchin stated in his statement "No": "This climate issue is a massive one and we must act, but strive for documents will not solve this crisis – real solutions that are focused on innovation … The truth is, even if we use fossil fuels in our country tomorrow We need to face up to the facts that other countries have invested in and will continue to use fossil fuels We can not successfully manage our climate problems by eliminating the sources of energy that countries are working for. "
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Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Said that the Democrats are hypocritical because they are refused to vote for their own plan. "I have never seen a law sponsored by a dozen people who do not want to vote on it," he said.
At a press conference on Tuesday, McConnell said he believes climate change was real and at least partially caused by people, but the real question for the legislature was, "how do you address that?"
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Values and American capitalism are based on technology and innovation, "said McConnell. "… so as not to stop your economy, to throw people out of work, to rebuild people's homes, to get out of their cars, you get all the drift here." That's nonsense, and if you sign up, nonsense, you have to must vote for nonsense. "
" [McConnell’s] The trick is backfiring and it is becoming increasingly clear to the American people that the Republican Party lags far behind clean-energy times and that Democrats are ready to act "said Schumer, DN.Y., who asked," What is the proposal of the Republican Party? Is it more coal? "
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., the main sponsor of the Green New Deal in the House, accused McConnell on Tuesday of bringing the resolution to the floor "because he does not want to save our planet, he believes we could drink oil in." 30 years in which all our water has been poisoned. "
Fox News & # 39; Chad Pergram and The Associated Press contributed to this report.