Chuck Schumer Calls Vote On Green New Deal A 'Sham'

Christopher Davidson
March 2, 2019

Schumer went on to use the Democrats' previously reported strategy of accusing Republicans of not caring about climate change or the environment. "And we're not going to be around in 10 years, '" he continued.

We need a network of students and workers - as well as Indigenous activists, who have always led on environmental justice, most recently in battles against new pipelines - to build mass assemblies, protests and strikes for a Green New Deal. Not just financially because people are graduating with 20, 30, 100 thousand dollars of student loan debt so they can't even afford to have kids in the house, but there's also just this basic moral question, like, what do we do? "Because right here in the real world, the poster child for high-speed rail in California has simply run off the tracks, right before our eyes", Graves said with a laugh. "We have to be putting our energy in passing it".

Markey followed suit and spoke out on the dangers of climate change on the Senate floor on Wednesday, stating his confidence that the current body of Congress must act on climate change or it will become a top campaign issue for the 2020 presidential elections. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee.

Lily, a member of the nonpartisan youth environmental advocacy group Sunrise Movement, traveled to Washington, order to make climate change a priority in the USA and stop fossil fuel companies from making political donations. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who had a notable exchange with a group of children about the bill. But curiously enough, this planned vote was met with outrage from the very people claiming to champion the proposal. The group posted a video of their encounter, in which Feinstein told a 16-year-old, "Well, you didn't vote for me", and added, "I know what I'm doing".

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The list of policy goals from Markey and Ocasio-Cortez is still causing some sticky debates on the House side, as well. The Green New Deal also addresses many topics including universal healthcare, green investment and free college. "That's going to be the challenge we face".

Chairman Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon, implored members to find common ground and focus on "pragmatic yet effective solutions to mitigate carbon emissions and provide for resilient infrastructure", rather than "spar over the Green New Deal".

Yarmuth noted he was in the process of meeting with committee leaders, including Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) yesterday, as well as caucuses about their priorities.

"The games they are playing here will have no meaning".

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