Sens. Markey, Sanders Rally for Green New Deal Despite Refusing to Vote for It

‘I’ll be damned if the same politicians who refused to act are going to try to come back today and say we need a middle-of-the-road approach to save our lives…’

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Alexandria Ocasio–Cortez / IMAGE: @thehill via Twitter

(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass.; Rep. Alexandria Ocasio–Cortez, D-NY, and other socialist radicals teamed up at a climate-change rally in support of the Green New Deal on Monday in Washington, D.C., claiming there can be “no middle ground” on environmental issues.

“I’ll be damned if the same politicians who refused to act are going to try to come back today and say we need a middle-of-the-road approach to save our lives,” Ocasio–Cortez said at the rally, according to CNN.

The comment seemed aimed at former Vice President Joe Biden, who said last week that we need to “find middle ground” on the issue of climate change.

Ocasio–Cortez and Sanders have touted the Green New Deal, an aggressive plan to attempt to eliminate carbon-dioxide emissions completely within 10 years.

The legislation reached the Senate floor but failed after its key sponsors—including Sanders—refused to vote for it.

In fact, the bill didn’t receive a single vote of support.

Sanders and other climate activists claimed they boycotted the vote by voting “present” to spite Republicans.

But despite his lack of commitment to it in the Senate, he has continued to vocally support the Green New Deal ever since.

Like Ocasio–Cortez, Sanders attacked Biden’s appeal to compromise in a tweet Saturday.

Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., said Sanders and other Democrats had their chance to argue for the Green New Deal when it came up in the Senate, but missed out on the opportunity.

“The United States Senate already voted on the Green New Deal,” Barrasso said in a statement. “Not a single senator voted in favor of the resolution—not even Senators Sanders and Markey. It’s remarkable that senators are rallying for legislation they ducked only 7 weeks ago.”

Barrasso, a fierce critic of the bill as chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said that the legislation would have been unrealistic even if implemented.

“The Green New Deal is unworkable and unaffordable,” Barrasso continued. “It’s a big green bomb that would cost up to $93 trillion and would destroy our growing economy. The Green New Deal isn’t about protecting the environment – it’s about increasing the size of government.”