Dick Durbin after Reading Green New Deal: ‘What in the Heck is This?’

‘It is an aspiration, you know, it’s a resolute aspiration…’

(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., suggested he won’t vote for the Green New Deal legislation, noting that many of its goals are unrealistic. He said that after he read it, he asked a key sponsor of the legislation, “What in the heck is this?”

In an interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Durbin said the GND’s policy goals are nothing more than that—they’re just goals.

When asked if he’d support the legislation, Durbin declined to say, despite the fact that he’s been an active proponent of climate change solutions in Congress.

“At this point, I would be—I can’t tell you, to be honest wit you. I’ve read it, and I’ve reread it. And I asked Ed Markey, what in the—what in the heck is this? He says it is an aspiration, you know, it’s a resolute aspiration,” Durbin said.

The GND, introduced earlier this month by Markey and democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, backs net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., along with dozens of other radical policy goals, like “good-high wage jobs” for every single American.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he will force a vote on the legislation to make Democratic presidential hopefuls go on the record about the socialist resolution.

However, Senate Democrats, including Markey himself, have already said they would refuse to play along with the effort to derail and make a mockery of the initiative.

Durbin said Democrats should make McConnell go on record about “global warming” at the same time.

“What we’re going to ask the Republican leader what’s your position on global warming while we’re at it,” Durbin told MSNBC. “Should he come out on the record and tell us if human activity is having an impact on our environment. Get on the record on both sides.”

Durbin said he needs to look at the GND again before he makes up his mind whether to vote for or against it.

“I will tell you I certainly agree with the premise that global warming is a threat to the planet and we’re not doing enough,” he said.