NO DEAL: Senate Blocks Green New Deal

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The Senate on Tuesday blocked the Green New Deal, a progressive climate change resolution that Republicans view as prime fodder heading into the 2020 presidential election, from advancing to debate.

The Senate voted 0-57 on taking up the resolution, with 43 Democrats voting present. The measure was widely expected to fall short of the 60 votes needed to overcome the procedural hurdle.

Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, Doug Jones of Alabama, along with Maine Independent Senator Angus King, voted with Republicans against the measure.

The resolution, introduced last month by New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey, aims for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in the United States while creating millions of “good, high-wage jobs.”

It’s been heavily criticized by conservatives as well as some Democrats for being too broad and including wish list items not directly related to climate change, like expanding family farming and transitioning away from air travel.

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