Bernie Sanders is blasting Republicans for opposing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” legislation after he himself voted “present” instead of in favor when it came to a floor vote. In the end the bill was defeated 0-57, with four Democrats voting with Republicans, and the rest all abstaining.
The Senate voted on the Green New Deal today: 0 Yeas, 57 Nays, and 43 Senators voted PRESENT pic.twitter.com/nvcnXA7zPe
— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) March 26, 2019
The reason why is obvious; even Democrats don’t believe their fearmongering and recognize how unaffordable their grandiose proposals are. Of course, Democrats can’t admit that, as it’s easy for them to portray the other side as thoughtless when they’re the ones claiming to have a solution to an imagined crisis, no matter how absurd.
As such, despite refusing to vote in favor for the legislation, Bernie Sanders tweeted immediately after the vote; “Mitch McConnell and the Republican Party don’t believe we have to address climate change, the major crisis facing this planet. That is a disgrace. We need a Green New Deal that says we are going to boldly confront climate change and create millions of jobs in the process.”
Mitch McConnell and the Republican Party don't believe we have to address climate change, the major crisis facing this planet. That is a disgrace.
We need a Green New Deal that says we are going to boldly confront climate change and create millions of jobs in the process. https://t.co/jXBNGGiarY
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) March 26, 2019
Cortez claims she told Senate Democrats to vote “present” (a claim that hasn’t been verified by a single Senate Democrat).
Because I encouraged them to vote present, along w/ others.
McConnell tried to rush the #GreenNewDeal straight to the floor without a hearing.
The real question we should be asking: Why does the Senate GOP refuse to hold any major hearings on climate change? https://t.co/de8oKOXeJf
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 26, 2019
This must be the first time a liberal has accused a Republican of acting too fast on something related to climate change. If AOC is right that the planet is going to end in 12 years, why delay anything a second? Shouldn’t she be thanking Republicans for acting hastily?