"We'll give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal", Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasted Donald Trump as a semi-illiterate fool on Monday, minutes after the president slammed her "Green New Deal" proposal as juvenile and poorly conceived.
Earlier this year, Ocasio-Cortez, who became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, said in an interview on "60 Minutes" that her Green New Deal could be paid for in part by slapping a tax as high as 70 percent on top earners. The Democrats' plan envisions shifting away from fossil fuels and other sources of emissions that cause global warming within 10 years.
Democratic presidential hopeful Senators Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren have already thrown their support behind it.
Phil Smith, a spokesman for the United Mine Workers (UMWA), which represents workers in the coal industry, echoed the concerns. "Our members are anxious about putting food on the table", he said. "What are they going to put forward?" According to Politico, several Democratic lawmakers have been working to rein her in.
The youth-led Sunrise Movement, which has spearheaded grassroots organizing in favor of the deal, is planning more than 600 congressional office visits this week to garner support.
As IJR previously reported, Ocasio-Cortez's rollout of her long-awaited Green New Deal resolution was met with laughter after a fact-sheet about the resolution claimed that the longterm goals included replacing air travel with trains, renovating every building in America, and stopping cows from farting.
Ocasio-Cortez confirmed the legality of a political campaign funded entirely by PACs; the use of hush money to keep skeletons in the closet; impacting legislation in which one has PAC-motivated interests; and simultaneously holding in an industry while taking legislative action (e.g., deregulation) that benefits that industry.