The resolution's backers say the plan - once fully sketched out in the legislation - would create jobs in much the same way as President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal of the 1930s by putting Americans to work on transformative government-led projects.
The climate measure is already supported by at least five senators seeking the Democratic nomination for president: Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California, Elizabeth Warren of MA and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.
Some congressional Democrats were recently forced to clarify their stance on the Green New Deal after a controversial "fact sheet" highlighting contradictory language from the proposed legislation was reportedly released by Ocasio-Cortez's office.
Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren of MA and Cory Booker of New Jersey, who have both announced their bids for the 2020 nomination, have signed on as Senate co-sponsors of the Green New Deal.
"So let me ask you then", Cheney asked, "are there any other witnesses on the panel who do support the Green New Deal?"More news: Heat deal two for Suns' Ryan Anderson
But the numbers are growing.
Ocasio-Cortez faced immediate backlash for some of the GND's authoritarian proposals-even from interest groups aligned with the Democratic Party's green agenda, such as the Sierra Club. When a country that values the freedom of speech as much as the USA begins to equate the use of funds with that fundamental right, well, that's how we end up in our current cesspit.
It's unclear exactly what kind of measure McConnell plans to bring up for a vote in the Senate.
Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) criticized Republicans on Tuesday for pledging to hold what is essentially a show vote on the Green New Deal, given that they have not advanced any serious efforts to address climate change. Ed Markey of MA, the proposal calls for dramatic steps to virtually eliminate US greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. He added that the plan would "shut down American energy" and "a little thing called air travel".
"There's another victim of the Green New Deal, it's ice cream". John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), who chairs the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.