Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) tweeted in anger on Saturday over Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision to allow a vote on her $93 trillion “Green New Deal” next week, saying McConnell was “wasting votes” and that it was “a disgrace.”
Ocasio-Cortez’s anger was sparked by a report in The Washington Post that noted that Republicans are elevating the fringe, far-left-wing of the Democratic Party — which includes Ocasio-Cortez — to see which 2020 Democratic presidential candidates align with their agenda.
The Post notes that that effort begins next week with a “midweek vote on the Green New Deal” to see which Democrats support the plan, which is a massive government takeover of private industries.
“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,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Stop wasting the American peoples’ time + learn to govern. Our jobs aren’t for campaigning, & that’s exactly what these bluff-votes are for.”
“I’ve noted with great interest the Green New Deal,” McConnell said last month. “And we’re going to be voting on that in the Senate. Give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal.”
Democratic Sen. Ed Markey, who introduced the Green New Deal with socialist Ocasio-Cortez, claimed last month that McConnell allowing a vote on the bill was his way of secretly “sabotaging” it.
“Don’t let Mitch McConnell fool you: this is nothing but an attempt to sabotage the movement we are building,” Markey tweeted. “He wants to silence your voice so Republicans don’t have to explain why they are climate change deniers. McConnell wants this to be the end, this is just the beginning.”
“This isn’t a new Republican trick,” Markey continued. “By rushing a vote on the #GreenNewDeal resolution, Republicans want to avoid a true national debate & kill our efforts to organize. We’re having the first national conversation on climate change in a decade. We can’t let Republicans sabotage it.”
Ocasio-Cortez’s plan is estimated to cost $93 trillion in an analysis conducted by American Action Forum, which concluded: “The Green New Deal is clearly very expensive. Its further expansion of the federal government’s role in some of the most basic decisions of daily life, however, would likely have a more lasting and damaging impact than its enormous price tag.”
Earlier this month, the AFL-CIO, America’s largest organized-labor group, slammed Ocasio-Cortez’s plan in a letter, saying that it could “cause immediate harm to millions of our members and their families.”
“We welcome the call for labor rights and dialogue with labor, but the Green New Deal resolution is far too short on specific solutions that speak to the jobs of our members and the critical sections of our economy,” the letter from the AFL-CIO Energy Committee stated. “It is not rooted in an engineering-based approach and makes promises that are not achievable or realistic.”
“We will not accept proposals that could cause immediate harm to millions of our members and their families,” the letter continued. “We will not stand by and allow threats to our members’ jobs and their families’ standard of living go unanswered.”