Democratic lawmakers introduced a stripped-down climate bill Wednesday less than a day after Senate Republicans dinged a more ambitious plan. "This climate problem is a massive one and we must act, but aspirational documents will not solve this crisis - real solutions focused on innovation will". "I will continue to move forward with these and other commonsense efforts instead of extreme and impractical ideas like the Green New Deal".
The plan has broad support in the ranks of the Democratic left, which is why the six Democratic senators now running for the party's presidential nomination in 2020 signed on as co-sponsors of the proposed resolution, which means it will definitely be a major topic in next year's primary debates.
Several Democrats running to challenge President Donald Trump next year have signed on to the plan. "If so many Democrat Party leaders support the Green New Deal, why aren't they willing to vote for it and stand up behind it today?" Angus King of ME, an Independent who caucuses with the Democrats. The GND was torpedoed in the Senate on Tuesday after Republicans voted en masse against the resolution while Democrats voted present.
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Pete Buttigieg, Julian Castro, Sen.
He said he was treating the plan "with the seriousness it deserves".
One poster Lee displayed depicted President Ronald Reagan shooting a machine gun while riding a dinosaur that was holding a US flag.
After an awkward few months spent halfheartedly trying to rebrand himself as a progressive, 2020 presidential hopeful John Hickenlooper seems to be once again embracing his identity as a moderate - starting with two of the issues that dogged him throughout his two terms as Colorado's governor: fossil fuels and climate change.
Markey, who joined Congressman Jim McGovern in promoting his climate change agenda at a Northampton town hall on Sunday, joined U.S. Sen.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is about as annoying as they come.
"If this guy can be Senator, you can do anything", she tweeted. "Let's be clear, the majority leader did not call this resolution up for a vote because he thinks climate change is an urgent threat to our country".
Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., said Democrats were being hypocritical by refusing to vote for their own plan.
"I see her on TV a lot but not in the neighborhood", said 55 year-old waitress Barbara Nosel.
That Mark Hamill would blast a Republican senator for rightly mocking the Green New Deal is no surprise, considering he has shown himself to be a radical leftist on a variety of issues. Democrats have not specified a price tag, but Republicans say costs could run into the tens of trillions of dollars.