Republican Representative Jody Hice introduced a discharge petition on Wednesday, aimed at bypassing the Democratic leadership by forcing a vote on the Green New deal. It was an attempt by the GOP to force the Democrats to go on the record on a controversial legislation so that it highlights the divisions amongst the Democratic majority.
It has been widely noticed that the discharge petitions are not often successful. Unlike a vote, it is not a binary decision, allowing the members an authority to ignore the petition. Yet, Hice who has been hoping to get the majority of 218 members for the petition needs 20 more signatures from the Democrats.
“I’m not gonna put any Democrats on the spot right now, I’ve had some positive conversations but we’ll see,” Hice said.
“There are 92 Democrats that have co-sponsored the Green New Deal so hopefully some of them will come on board and call for a vote,” he added.
Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez introduced the Green New Deal to address climatic changes. She aimed at converting the US electric grid to 100 percent renewable energy.
Initially the plan caused huge disturbance and led to disagreement amongst the Democrats. While some have considered the Green New deal to be of great significance, raising concerns over the climate changes, others have extensively neglected it.
Some of the 2020 Democratic hopefuls have also shown their faith in the deal, though the situation has largely led to disunion of the leaders with separated views.
Ocasio-Cortez accused the Republicans for their inconsiderate discharge petition as a political move, recalling McConnell’s failed move of highlighting a divide among the Democrats over the Green New Deal in March.
“This is very similar, this is a mirroring tactic to what [Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell [R-Ky.] was doing in the Senate. To not hold a single hearing just shows that they aren’t taking this problem seriously,” she said.
“They want to divide the caucus and they are going to try to call folks out who are co-sponsoring it and voting against the discharge but this is just a maneuver. It’s not substantive,” Ocasio-Cortez added.
The discharge petition is being seen as a direct attack by the Republicans over the Democratic ideals, mocking the Green New Deal and simultaneously pressurizing them. The move was anticipated a real insult to the communities, who have been affected by the climate crisis. The Democrats have pledged to show their togetherness by voting present in the chamber if the Republicans forced the deal.
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