Senate Democrat leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday kicked off the Republicans for planning a vote on the Green New Deal, calling the plan a "stunt," and "cheap, cynical ploy," and "a game of political gotcha."  "The Republican leader has announced he will bring a resolution he wants to vote against," Schumer said on the Senate floor.
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Schumer is the latest Democrat to criticize Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for calling a vote on the plan that many in the party have already rallied behind. Still, Schumer, joined by colleagues on the Senate floor, said: "Bring it on." He said Democrats "believe that we need to do something about climate change" and added: "Do Republicans?"
Earlier this week, McConnell said that the Senate will vote on the Green New Deal ̵
"I've noted with great interest the Green New Deal," McConnell told reporters. "And we're going to be voting on that in the Senate. We will give everyone a chance to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal. "
The proposal, put forward by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Aims to transform the country's economy into a bid to combat climate change. It has recently come under scrutiny after revelations that a related FAQ document included passages promising a job to "all people of the United States" – including those "unwilling to work" – and suggesting air travel could be made obsolete
"We set and aim to get to zero-zero, rather than zero emissions, in 10 years because we are not sure that we will be able to get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast, "the now-deleted document also read.
But McConnell's move to bring the plan to a vote on the Senate floor will be a key test for Democratic presidential candidates such as Sens. Kamila Harris, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, who runs on the progressive platform in 2020.
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While backing the far-left proposal will ultimately improve their liberal bona fides and their support from the Democratic base, support for the plan will undoubtedly be the target of attacks during
President Trump has already begun attacking the Green New Deal, claiming it would "shut down American energy" and describe it as "a high school term paper that got a low mark" during a rally Monday in El Paso , Texas.
Corbin Trent, a spokesman for Ocasio-Cortez, said McConnell's plan to bring the plan to the vote would only show "just how out of touch Republican politicians are with the American people."
Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass, and co-sponsor of the plan, also decried McConnell's move
"Do not let Mitch McConnell fool you: this is nothing but an attempt to sabotage the movement we are building. He wants to silence your voice so Republicans do not have to explain why they are climate change deniers. McConnell wants this to be the end, this is just the beginning, "said Markey.
Chad Pergram and Lukas Mikelionis and The Associated Press