Cheney later asked whether any of the witnesses supported the Green New Deal. The Green New Deal also specifically targets Wall Street institutions that have used monetary support of the government through taxpayer dollars during economic crises.
McConnell and other Republicans oppose the plan but are hoping to force Senate Democrats - including a crowd of 2020 presidential candidates - to vote on a proposal Republicans say would drive the economy off a cliff and lead to a huge tax increase.
At least six senators running for president or considering White House bids backed the Green New Deal put forth by freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen.
The Green New Deal was introduced with great fanfare last week, as dozens of members of Congress gathered for a news conference to roll out the sweeping new initiative aimed at weaning the USA completely off fossil fuels over the next decade.
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Sean McGarvey, president of the North America's Building Trades Unions, representing construction workers across all sectors including energy, said his staff had been contacted by Markey's office about the Green New Deal, but said his members are skeptical of "green job" promises.
The Green New Deal would do none of those things, according to The Washington Post's Fact Checker, which analyzed what's actually in the proposal.
Ocasio-Cortez confirmed the legality of a political campaign funded entirely by PACs; the use of hush money to keep skeletons in the closet; impacting legislation in which one has PAC-motivated interests; and simultaneously holding in an industry while taking legislative action (e.g., deregulation) that benefits that industry. His status as the vice chair of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus suggests he could help woo Republican support for the measure.
With reporting from NPR congressional correspondent Scott Detrow.
Some Republicans even accused Democrats of proposing to do away with treats like ice cream by seeking to address bovine flatulence, which last week's memo highlights as a significant source of greenhouse gases. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), who chairs the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), who co-sponsored the resolution in the Senate, said the proposal's principles "resonate with the American people - a mission to save all of creation by investing in massive job creation".