The Senate is going to hold a vote on the Green New Deal, the energy plan championed by progressive Democrats. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters on Tuesday that he planned to set up a vote on the bill in a move that many people see as a way to force lawmakers to take a stance on the controversial proposal, according to the Hill.
During a press conference, McConnell made the surprise announcement that the Senate would be voting on the joint resolution, introduced by Democratic Representative from New York Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts, which is intended to address climate change.
“I’ve noted with interest the Green New Deal. We’re going to be voting on that in the Senate; it will give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal,” McConnell said, according to Vox.