It's no wonder McConnell seemed uncharacteristically gleeful when he said he'd be bringing the Green New Deal to the Senate for a vote.
It's not the first time McConnell tried to push Democrats to take a divisive vote. When asked about the Green New Deal on Tuesday, Senator Sherrod Brown of OH, who is reportedly considering a presidential run, said that he supports a Green New Deal but is "not going to take a position on every bill that's coming out".
Almost all of the Democratic senators running for president have thrown their support behind the Green New Deal, but the bill does not enjoy the same success among the rest of Democratic senators, with only 11 of 47 supporting the deal, according to a report from CNBC.
The Republican Party is continuing to highlight the criticisms of the Democrat-led "Green New Deal" as well as the lawmakers who put it together.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is planning to hold a vote on the Green New Deal-but not because the Republican wants it to pass. "Today marks the dawn of a new era of climate action", he said.
President Donald Trump slammed the plan at a rally Monday in Texas, saying it would "shut down American energy".
Markey claimed this move by McConnell was an effort to "kill" climate activists' efforts to organize behind the Green New Deal, rather than McConnell just wanting Democrats to put their name on a resolution he sees as damaging.
Problems in the Democratic rollout of the proposal have further fueled the Republican attacks.
However, plenty of Democrats still aren't sold on the bill - among them, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Independent Senator Bernie Sanders co-sponsored the deal but has not said definitively whether he will run in 2020. The ambitious proposal met a reality check Tuesday as California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared there "isn't a path" for completing a high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco - although Newsom's office said later that he isn't walking away from the project.
The resolution submitted to the House and Senate makes no mention of cows or air travel.
"In a few short months the Green New Deal has become the vision for our future that most Americans want, and that terrifies the GOP", Ocasio-Cortez spokesman Corbin Trent said in a statement.
The vote on the health care legislation didn't quite carry the punch Republicans had hoped. McConnell's aim is to split Democrats between the left-leaning members vying for the passions of their party's base and more moderate senators who view the proposal as radical and disruptive.