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McConnell says Senate will vote on Democrats’ ‘Green New Deal’

Sen. Sherrod Brown D-Ohio speaks at a rally in Brunswick Ohio Jan. 30

McConnell stated Tuesday afternoon that he's been following the media focus on the Green New Deal and wanted "to give everybody an opportunity to go on record" in the Senate.

The highest-ranking Democrat in the United States is working to recruit retired fighter pilot Lt. Col. Amy McGrath to challenge Sen.

Ocasio-Cortez and Markey's Green New Deal resolution-which calls for a "national mobilization" to transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030-has already garnered the support of 67 House Democrats and 11 senators, including major 2020 presidential contenders like Sens.

Conservative talk radio host Brian Mudd says the Green New Deal is environmental socialism.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks after a Republican policy lunch on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 29, 2019.

President Donald Trump's administration opposes action on climate change and favors boosting USA production of oil, gas and coal.

Since the Green New Deal resolution was introduced last week, President Donald Trump, Republican lawmakers, and right-wing pundits have spread hysterical falsehoods about the measure and decried it as a "socialist fever dream" that would be political suicide for Democrats to support.

Markey and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY led the unveiling of a resolution laying the groundwork for aggressive policy proposals created to combat climate change, which critics argue could be too costly to the economy and in some cases outright not feasible.

Problems in the Democratic rollout of the proposal have further fueled the Republican attacks. Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, who's likely to enter the Democratic primary soon, is also a supporter. Ocasio-Cortez's spokesman also sent reporters a memo in which the congresswoman's office contradicted the resolution by taking positions on agricultural emissions, nuclear energy and air travel that did not appear in the formal legislation.

Others are (tepidly) admiring the Republican leader's strategy.

Republicans showed on Tuesday that they are ready to use the resolution as a political weapon against those Democrats.

During the government shutdown last month, McConnell blocked an attempt by Senate Democrats to force a vote on a House-passed spending bill to reopen the government that lacked Trump's backing. The legislation is widely expected to get voted down by a wide margin. Rather than expose of rift in the party, 43 Democrats chose to vote "present" as a show of frustration with the politically motivated maneuver.