Mitch McConnell sets up Senate vote on a Green New Deal resolution

Democrats have decried the majority leader's move as a partisan stunt

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., left, set up the vote on the Green New Deal for after the recess. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has followed through on his promise to call a test vote on a resolution supporting the Green New Deal, a vote that Democratic supporters have decried as a political stunt.

The Republican from Kentucky moved to limit debate on taking up a joint resolution supporting the Green New Deal, setting up a vote after the Senate recess next week.

It’s the first legislative item lined up for the next work period, coming after the Senate moves through to confirm the nomination of Bridget S. Bade for a seat on the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

“By now, we’re all familiar with the major thrust of the proposal: Powering down the U.S. economy, and yet somehow also creating government-directed economic security for everyone at the same time. Naturally, accomplishing all this is quite a tall order,” McConnell said of the Democrat-led proposal for a big energy and environment overhaul in a Wednesday floor speech about what has become one of his favorite topics.

With McConnell filing the motion to break any filibusters on proceeding to the non-binding measure, the test vote will likely take place on or around Tuesday, March 26.

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