Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is putting Democrats' on the record when it comes to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's 'Green New Deal' and bringing it for a vote on the floor of the upper chamber.
'I've noted with great interest the Green New Deal and we're going to be voting on that in the Senate,' McConnell said on Tuesday afternoon. 'We'll give everybody a chance to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal.'
The deal has no chances of passing the Senate, where Republicans hold a majority of 53 seats, meaning the legislation will not get the 60 votes it needs to proceed in the legislative process.
New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is going to have her Green New Deal come to the Senate for a vote
Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell plans to put Democrats on the record about the Green New Deal
McConnell's crafty move will force Senate Democrats, including the slew of 2020 presidential candidates, to vote their views on the proposal - a potential on-the-record move Republicans can later exploit.
'It'll be fun to see,' a Republican Senate aide told DailyMail.com of the upcoming vote.
No timetable is set but it's unlikely to happen this week as the Senate is scheduled to vote on William Barr's nomination to be attorney general on Wednesday.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer brushed aside questions on McConnell's move.
'The first question Republicans should answer is what is their answer on climate change. What are they going to put forward?' he said.
Sens. Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren, both of whom are running for president, have signed on as cosponsors of the legislation. The other senators running - Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar and Kirsten Gillibrand - have voiced support for it.
The Green New Deal itself has become the subject of mockery online as conservatives lampooed Ocasio-Cortez for a communications rollout guide, produced by her chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti, that argued for a range of environmental remedies including phasing out all air travel and eliminating 'farting cows' from U.S. agriculture.
It also proposed to guarantee economic security