Mitch McConnell stages show vote in the Senate on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's green new deal

Mail Online | 3/26/2019 | Emily Goodin, U.s. Political Reporter For
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will stage a show vote on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal Tuesday in what Democrats call a 'sham' move and they plan to vote 'present' to thwart his plans.

McConnell put the vote on the calendar to force Democrats, including a slew of 2020 presidential contenders, to go on the record about the progressive plan in a vote that he knew would fail.

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But Democrats' plan to counter his maneuver with one of their own: they will vote 'present' - which does not count towards or against passage but does contribute to the quorum, meaning the lawmaker does not have a missing vote on their record.

The deal has no chances of passing the Senate, where Republicans hold a majority of 53 seats, meaning the legislation will not get the 60 votes it needs to proceed in the legislative process.

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Democratic Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts, the principle sponsor of the legislation in the Senate, called McConnell's move a 'sham.'

He said Tuesday that the GOP leader 'wants to sabotage calls for climate action.'

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And Ocasio-Cortez slammed the majority leader for holding a 'bluff vote.'

'The GOP's whole game of wasting votes in Congress to target others 'on the record', for leg they have no intent to pass, is a disgrace. Stop wasting the American peoples' time + learn to govern. Our jobs aren't for campaigning, & that's exactly what these bluff-votes are for,' she wrote on Twitter on Friday.

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Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer made the move to counter McConnell by having his Democratic senators vote 'present' on the plan.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a presidential contender who is a co-sponsor of the Green New Deal legislation, also called it a 'sham' vote on Tuesday and said the 'GOP is treating this like a political stunt, they...
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