So far, not a single Green New Deal supporter accepted Republicans' invitation to testify at the forum except for Ocasio-Cortez herself - however, her staff later said she might not be able to attend because of former Trump attorney Michael Cohen's testimony.
The letter cites findings in the most recent government climate assessment, including a direct link between climate change and extreme weather events, a prediction that there will be six times more area scorched by wildfires by 2050, an expected reduction in corn and soybean yields by up to 25 percent by the end of the century, and a potential 10 percent loss of gross domestic product by the end of the century. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has called for a vote on the resolution in the Senate as early as this week, seeing it as a wedge issue to divide democratic loyalties and split the party. Yet when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) chose to call their bluff and hold a vote on the GND, Democrats began backing off and accusing McConnell of playing politics by ... holding a vote on something Democrats proposed. "There are no emergency rooms for planets and it's going to take action in this body in order to put the policies in place, in order to preserve this planet and hand it on better than we found it". Do Democrats believe Congress should take immediate action to deal with the problem?
"No. You can not go too far on the issue of climate change". Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee. The resolution's five goals include achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions; creating millions of high-wage jobs; investing in infrastructure to sustainably meet the challenges of the 21st century; securing clean air and water for all; and promoting justice and equity by addressing historic, current, and future oppression of vulnerable communities on the frontlines of climate change and economic inequality. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who had a notable exchange with a group of children about the bill. Feinstein resisted promising a yes vote on the Green New Deal in favor of her own resolution.
"I've been doing this for 30 years", Feinstein told the group.
Only light snow, but colder temperatures ahead
The National Weather Service in Boston/Norton has issued a winter weather advisory for tonight , February 27 at 7 through 7 a.m. Closer to Boston area there could be three inches with the possibility of a little more over interior southeastern MA .
Meanwhile, Ocasio-Cortez is touting the plan as the only thing that can save the world from "dying now".
House Republicans will hold a policy forum Wednesday to do something Congress hasn't done yet with respect to the Green New Deal - publicly scrutinize it. "They're unsafe", the McConnell said.
The nonbinding budget is meant to serve as a blueprint for appropriators as they craft their annual spending bills, but also serves as a defining document for the political parties.
"The odds are we will mark up [the budget], then the question is can we get 218 on the floor?" he said, adding the diversity of views in the House Democratic caucus.