NPR is reporting that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday that he wants the Senate to vote on the pending Green New Deal resolution introduced in the House by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and in the Senate by Sen. Edward Markey on Feb. 7, 2019. See Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal, H.Res. 109 and S.Res. 59.
The companion resolutions call for the creation of a Green New Deal with the goals of
- achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions;
- establishing millions of high-wage jobs and ensuring economic security for all;
- investing in infrastructure and industry;
- securing clean air and water, climate and community resiliency, healthy food, access to nature, and a sustainable environment for all; and
- promoting justice and equality.
The resolution calls for accomplishment of these goals through a 10-year national mobilization effort. The resolution also enumerates the goals and projects of the mobilization effort, including
- building smart power grids (i.e., power grids that enable customers to reduce their power use during peak demand periods);
- upgrading all existing buildings and constructing new buildings to achieve maximum energy and water efficiency;
- removing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation and agricultural sectors;
- cleaning up existing hazardous waste and abandoned sites;
- ensuring businesspersons are free from unfair competition; and
- providing higher education, high-quality health care, and affordable, safe, and adequate housing to all.
The Senate vote is not yet scheduled.