Last week, Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., introduced a sprawling blueprint of an environmental and economic overhaul that has gotten the support of numerous Democrats, including most of the candidates who have announced 2020 presidential runs.
However, after McConnell told the press that he would bring the Green New Deal to a vote, Markey took to Twitter to slam the decision.
Don’t let Mitch McConnell fool you: this is nothing but an attempt to sabotage the movement we are building. He wants to silence your voice so Republicans don’t have to explain why they are climate change deniers. McConnell wants this to be the end, this is just the beginning. https://t.co/GUxJ5HG2jb— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) February 12, 2019
After McConnell's announcement many praised him while calling out Markey's hypocrisy:
This isn't a new Republican trick. By rushing a vote on the #GreenNewDeal resolution, Republicans want to avoid a true national debate & kill our efforts to organize. We’re having the first national conversation on climate change in a decade. We can’t let Republicans sabotage it.— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) February 12, 2019
He’s voting against *his own bill* because “sabotage” https://t.co/I7qxxcfLJI— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) February 13, 2019
ed markey, who co-sponsored the green new deal with alexandria ocasio-cortez, is calling mitch mcconnell’s announcement for a floor vote of their non-binding resolution “sabotage.”— siraj hashmi (@SirajAHashmi) February 13, 2019
i am speechless. i am without speech. https://t.co/ByNdkhzm7O
Cocaine Mitch is the greatest. It would be much wiser to surrender, he will always win. pic.twitter.com/E5DmKNOUpo— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) February 13, 2019
It is unclear which Democrats will oppose the bill when it actually matters, but Mitch McConnell wants to find out.
This is vintage Markey. Like in 2003 when he demanded a hearing on his ANWR bill, but refused to show up at the hearing Resources held in ANWR, then declared the issue dead, only to bring up the bill a few weeks later. (I still have a pic of his empty chair somewhere...) https://t.co/fBkokYYUVa— Doug Heye (@DougHeye) February 13, 2019