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Green New Deal, pushed by AOC, fails Senate test vote

March 26, 2019 - 5:52 pm

WASHINGTON (1010 WINS) -- The Green New Deal, a Democratic proposal largely pushed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for dealing with climate change, has failed to advance. 

The Senate failed to reach the 60 votes necessary to begin debate on the non-binding resolution., with 42 Democrats and Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders voting "present."

Not one senator voted to begin debate on the legislation. Fifty-seven lawmakers voted against breaking the filibuster. 

The Green New Deal calls for the U.S. to shift away from fossil fuels such as oil and coal and replace them with renewable sources such as wind and solar power. It 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.

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, called the Green New Deal "ridiculous" and displayed pictures of dinosaurs, cartoon characters and babies on the Senate floor. He said he was treating the plan "with the seriousness it deserves."