Ocasio-Cortez Explodes After Green New Deal Gets Destroyed in Senate Vote
AOC lashes out at Senators after they unanimously vote-down her socialism manifesto
Radical Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) exploded in response to the humiliating defeat of her "Green New Deal" on the Senate floor after it didn't receive a single "yes" vote.
The Democratic progressive star defended her Green New Deal being crushed by arguing that she encouraged senators to vote "present" instead of in the affirmative to "protest" the process.
"I encouraged them to vote present, along w/ others. McConnell tried to rush the #GreenNewDeal straight to the floor without a hearing," the self-described socialist explained on Twitter in response to the lack of Democratic votes.
"The real question we should be asking: Why does the Senate GOP refuse to hold any major hearings on climate change?"
"The GOP’s climate delaying is costing us lives + destroying communities," she added.
"Iowa, Nebraska & many in the Midwest are catastrophically flooded right now, in one of the 1st major climate change disasters of 2019.
"A #GreenNewDeal urges us to pursue a plan on the scale of the problem."
Because I encouraged them to vote present, along w/ others.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 26, 2019
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
The GOP’s climate delaying is costing us lives + destroying communities.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 26, 2019
Iowa, Nebraska & many in the Midwest are catastrophically flooded right now, in one of the 1st major climate change disasters of 2019.
A #GreenNewDeal urges us to pursue a plan on the scale of the problem. https://t.co/dWXe44hxWX
Democrats accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of holding a "sham" vote on the matter.
Many of the Democrats voted "present" in protest while Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin, who represents the red state of West Virginia; Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona; and Doug Jones of Alabama voted no, as did Independent Sen. Angus King of Maine, who caucuses with Democrats.
The final vote was 57 "no," 43 "present" and 0 "yes."
According to the Daily Mail, ahead of the vote, Democrats and Republicans exchanged bitter words on the Senate floor while Ocasio-Cortez slammed the Republican senator who mocked her Green New Deal in a speech that used hilarious props and photos - including one of Aquaman riding seahorse - to make his point.
"If this guy can be Senator, you can do anything," she said via Twitter, retweeting a tweet with photos and comments from Sen. Mike Lee's floor speech making fun of her signature program.
"GOP Senators are using their Congressional allowances to print Aquaman posters for themselves to argue that a #GreenNewDeal saving our nation from climate change is a 'waste of money,'" she also tweeted, adding an emoji of laughing face.
Like many other women + working people, I occasionally suffer from impostor syndrome: those small moments, especially on hard days, where you wonder if the haters are right.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 26, 2019
But then they do things like this to clear it right up.
If this guy can be Senator, you can do anything. https://t.co/vU4ChbTnnr
Lee, in a colorful speech, used a variety of photos to make his point, including Aquaman on a sea horse, Ronald Reagan and a dinosaur, a still from the "Star Wars" franchise of Luke Skywalker riding a tauntaun, and cows.
"After reading the Green New Deal I'm afraid of not being able to get through this speech with a straight face," he said as he began his remarks.
He explained how the Green New Deal wants to eliminate airplanes and suggested states like Hawaii would have to use a fleet of sea horses to travel instead.
Standing next to a large photo of Aquaman riding a sea horse, Lee noted: "Under the Green New Deal, this is probably Hawaii's best bet."
He conceded that "a massive fleet of giant, highly trained sea horses would be cool, it would be really awesome. But we have no idea about scalability or domestic capacity."
Lee explained that his floor speech, which propelled the Republican senator into a Twitter trending topic, was meant to illustrate how silly he believes the non-binding resolution to be.
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.
But Democrats' countered his maneuver with one of their own: voting "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.
Democratic Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts, the principal sponsor of the legislation in the Senate, called McConnell's move a "sham."
He said Tuesday before the vote that the GOP leader "wants to sabotage calls for climate action."
And Ocasio-Cortez accused the majority leader of 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," she wrote on Twitter on Friday.
"Stop wasting the American peoples' time + learn to govern.
"Our jobs aren't for campaigning, & that's exactly what these bluff-votes are for."
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.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 23, 2019
Stop wasting the American peoples’ time + learn to govern. Our jobs aren’t for campaigning, & that’s exactly what these bluff-votes are for. https://t.co/ELzpQhlezo
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer called the vote a "political stunt."
"With this exercise, the Republican Majority has made a mockery of the legislative process. It is a political act, a political stunt," Schumer said Tuesday on the Senate floor.
"Everyone here knows it's a stunt, including the Majority Leader himself.
"He put something on the floor and then votes no.
"What's the point of that other than showing how hypocritical this act is?"
"I want to thank them because now we're finally talking about climate change," he added.
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 are treating climate change like a game."
She voted present.
All the presidential contenders in the Senate have signed on as co-sponsors of Ocasio-Cortez's signature legislation: Sens. Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, and Gillibrand.
The move pit the moderate wing of the party against its radical left flank, a battle Democrats will be fighting in the upcoming presidential primary.
McConnell slammed Democrats for moving to the left on a host of issues.
"This whole Democrat effort to re-brand all the failed ideas of 20th-century socialism with a little green paint - every member of this body will have the opportunity to cast a clear vote," McConnell said Monday on the Senate floor.
He continued his barrage on Tuesday.
"The Senate is going to vote on the far-left wish list that many of our Democratic colleagues have rushed to embrace – the so-called Green New Deal," he said on the Senate floor.
"For a relatively sparse resolution, this proposal has already traveled quite a fascinating path here in Congress.
"It originated with the most radical, farthest-left members of the new House Democrat majority."
I think it is very important for the Democrats to press forward with their Green New Deal. It would be great for the so-called “Carbon Footprint” to permanently eliminate all Planes, Cars, Cows, Oil, Gas & the Military - even if no other country would do the same. Brilliant!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2019
Green New Deal aims to end the reliance on fossil fuels within 10 years; to upgrade all power grids and existing buildings in the country for maximum energy efficiency; to overhaul transportation systems by switching to electric-only vehicles; and to provide every American with a job and free health care or a basic income if they are unable or "unwilling to work."
The conservative American Action Forum estimated the Green New Deal will cost $93 trillion.
Other organizations have found the deal too vague to get a full cost although Forbes estimated just six of the goals would roughly cost $2.5 trillion a year.
According to the AAF estimate, Green New Deal would cost each American household up to $65,000 per year in taxes to implement.