McConnell stated Tuesday afternoon that he's been following the media focus on the Green New Deal and wanted "to give everybody an opportunity to go on record" in the Senate.
Democratic liberals, including all of the senators now running for president, have come out in support of the legislation, which calls for generating 100 percent of the nation's power from renewable sources within 10 years.
Trump has frequently expressed doubt about climate change and said he does not believe action is needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. "This, perhaps counterintuitively, makes an up-or-down vote extraordinarily convenient for activists supporting the Green New Deal-from groups like the Sunrise Movement, Indivisible, and the Sierra Club-who will be able to put pressure on those who reject the resolution in the months ahead".
By sanctioning a vote, McConnell appears to be betting that the resolution will prove too radical for a good number of Democrats, let alone any Republicans.
"There will be all kinds of bills sponsored by individual presidential candidates".
Endorsing some form of a Green New Deal has become a litmus test for Democrats going into the 2020 campaign. We're having the first national conversation on climate change in a decade.
"It will be one of several or maybe many suggestions that we receive". "Even when it comes down to something like air travel ... that means the government is going to be telling people where they can fly to and where they can't". 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".
The joint resolution by Democrats was proposed last week by New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts Sen.
The bill has 67 co-sponsors in the House, where Democrats are in the majority, and 11 in the Senate, where Republicans outnumber Democrats.
But the numbers are growing.
Republicans showed on Tuesday that they are ready to use the resolution as a political weapon against those Democrats.
It's unclear exactly what kind of measure McConnell plans to bring up for a vote in the Senate.
"Republicans don't want to debate climate change, they only want to deny it", Markey said in responding to McConnell.