Mar 26, 2019 - Politics & Policy

Democrats vote "present" as Green New Deal fails Senate test

Chuck Schumer points.

Sen. Chuck Schumer. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The Green New Deal failed to pass a procedural hurdle in the Senate on Tuesday, with Democrats denouncing the motion as a "sham" and largely voting "present" as a show of unity.

Between the lines: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell brought the vote in a political effort to get Democrats on the record and highlight intra-party divisions over the ambitious proposal. Democrats have argued McConnell held the vote in order to eliminate any debate, hearings or public testimony about the resolution, which many see as a starting point for addressing the threats posed by climate change.

  • 43 Democrats voted "present." Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.), Doug Jones (Ala.) and Angus King (Maine) — who is an independent but caucuses with Democrats — voted "no."

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