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Democrats plan to block Green New Deal in Senate vote

CNN reports the Senate will vote Tuesday to take up the Green New Deal, but it is expected to be blocked by Democrats, who support many of the ideas in the climate plan but believe Republicans are trying to score political points by forcing a quick vote.

Democrats plan to vote “present” instead of for or against the plan — which requires 60 votes to advance — arguing the Green New Deal at this stage is more of an aspirational document than finely crafted legislation ready for a vote, CNN writes. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made clear he is pushing the vote to put Democrats — especially those in the Senate who are running for president — on the record regarding the controversial plan written by liberal Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts.