On the vote that shook AOC back into reality, 43 of her Democrat peers, albeit senators, voted “present” and abstained from a yes or no vote, while three Democrats and a whole host of Republicans voted 57-0 against the Green New Deal.
This law has come under significant pressure as it would have added trillions in cost to our national debt. It has gained a lot of attention because it was initiated by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat from New York who has had no grasp on the actual impact on an economic scale that something like this may have, and she has been separated from reality based on what things actually cost and their implementation timeline.
Some Democrats called the vote a “sham” because the vote was scheduled without any hearings being scheduled for it. Realistically, though, this sort of thing happens all the time. It appears, instead, that Democrats did not want to be the ones placing their names up on the board in an underwhelming fashion as the support failed to roll in for the cost-inhibiting bill.
“Climate change is the national security, economic, health care and moral issue of our time,” said Democrat Ed Markey of Massachusetts. “We must act now.”
“Republicans and President Trump may choose to be in denial about the consequences of climate change,” Markey said. “But to ordinary people, climate change is not politics. It is life and death.”
Markey was also quoted saying that “it is a revolution” in regards to addressing climate change.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said if Democrats voted “present,” then they were labeled as in favor of the radical resolution. This resolution is extreme in calling for the unofficial transformation of the American economy as well as the nation’s infrastructure. This would include ending air travel and even retrofitting every single building in America.
“I ask again if you believe the Green New Deal is the prescription for America, why would you not want to have a vote?” McConnell said to reporters ahead of the vote.