Nancy Pelosi won’t commit on Green New Deal vote

U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio Cortez wipes away tears as Representative Ilhan Omar talks about her own experience as a refugee during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio Cortez wipes away tears as Representative Ilhan Omar talks about her own experience as a refugee during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

"There's no other way to describe this idea to completely make over our transportation network", Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) said during a hearing to examine the link between infrastructure and climate change February 26.

They discussed the resolution during yesterday's caucus lunch but no decisions were made on a strategy, Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) told E&E News. "We anticipated that this resolution was not going to be able to pass the Senate in this political climate, so the idea is to take the next two years to make the Green New Deal a key issue in the 2020 election".

"The Green New Deal is clearly very expensive", the authors of the study wrote.

But over the past few days, moderates have signaled they want to keep the "Green New Deal" centered on climate change and not get themselves into trouble with centrist constituencies by supporting the more progressive elements of the plan. "And even if you don't have kids, there are still children here in the world and we have a moral obligation to them to leave a better world to them"'. "We have to be putting our energy in passing it". Sanders replied you can't go far enough on the issue of climate change. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee.

The Sunrise Movement, a youth-based environmental activist group, mobilized hundreds of activists from across the country to support its Kentucky members in opposition to McConnell and in favor of the Green New Deal.

Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., unveiled a blueprint of their Green New Deal resolution at the beginning of the month; since then, it's garnered the support of several notable Democratic senators, including presidential hopefuls Sens.

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Other critics point to the proposal's potential price tag.

Asked about a possible vote on Feinstein's climate resolution, Durbin said he had yet to see it.

"I've been doing this for 30 years", Feinstein told the group.

The list of policy goals from Markey and Ocasio-Cortez is still causing some sticky debates on the House side, as well.

McConnell panned specific parts of the bill on upgrading all existing buildings in the United States and building new buildings to be green compliant, meeting 100 percent of the power demand in the United States without fossil fuels, and building out high-speed rail at a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary. The Green New Deal also addresses many topics including universal healthcare, green investment and free college. The spending plan would contain some more narrowly focused climate proposals aimed at infrastructure and the electric grid, he added.

"The games they are playing here will have no meaning".

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