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House introduces climate bill the day after Senate rejects Green New Deal

House introduces climate bill the day after Senate rejects Green New Deal

Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) voting "present".

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, one of a half-dozen senators seeking the Democratic nomination for president, said Republicans treat climate change "as a game" and said Democrats "will not fall for this stunt". Angus King of ME, who caucuses with Democrats, joined all 53 Senate Republicans in opposing the climate plan.

Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), who caucuses with the Democrats, also voted "no". They criticized Republican leaders for a calling a procedural vote on the bill when they knew it had no chance of passing.

McConnell had called the proposal "a radical, top-down, socialist makeover of the entire US economy". The proposed stimulus program calls for virtual elimination by 2030 of greenhouse gas emissions responsible for global warming. Republicans have railed against the proposal, saying it would devastate the economy and trigger massive tax increases. Senator Mike Lee used drawings of dinosaurs and the cartoon character Aquaman riding a seahorse to treat the Green New Deal with what he mockingly called "the seriousness it deserves".

Lee said, "I reacted to the [idea] that some have suggested that people shouldn't have children in light of climate change".

On Tuesday, as the Senate debated Ocasio-Cortez' extensive environmental proposal, Lee said that the "real solution" to climate change is for people to couple up and have more babies, because "more people mean bigger markets for innovation". Only instead of wild-eyed TV commercial actors screaming, "It's my money and I want it now", it's the wild-eyed Ocasio-Cortez - It's my Green New Deal and I want it now!

"And that's frustrating, frankly", Harris said.

"How are we supposed to get around the vast expanses of, say, Alaska during the winter?" 'With nuclear power available, it's strategy for fighting climate change with windmills makes as much sense as going to war in sail boats'. "Then we can get serious about taking action to tackle the climate crisis at the scale of the problem". "So the coal is what has supported this area for many years", said Quintrell.




"There's this obsession with perfectionism: 'What about Clause 2a?'" she says. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.).

But Democrats" plan to counter his maneuver with one of their own: they will vote "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.

(L-R) U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), and Rep. Donna Shalala (D-FL) listen as Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol January 30 in Washington, DC.

"If this guy can be Senator, you can do anything", she tweeted.

Feinstein told McClatchy Tuesday that she believes climate legislation should only deal with climate change, not broadly try to address other issues as well.

"Okay, yowzer", Cooper said Tuesday after playing a clip of Lee discussing Reagan on the velociraptor.

"You can't do that", said Hickenlooper of the pledge, which six Democratic presidential candidates have already signed.

Nonetheless, McConnell brought the Green New Deal to the Senate floor in an attempt to use the vote against Democrats in the upcoming 2020 elections. The plan could lead to a spike in household electric bills of more than $300 a month, he said.

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