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Senate rejects Democratic New Green Deal 57-0

The Senate yesterday rejected the Democratic New Green Deal proposal by a vote of 57-0, with 43 Democrats (including Bernie Sanders) voting present.

No senator voted to begin debate on the legislation, while 57 lawmakers voted against breaking the filibuster. Democratic Sens. Doug Jones of Alabama, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona joined 53 Republicans in voting “no.” Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, who caucuses with the Democrats, also voted “no.”

The vote had been teed up by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in a bid to make Democratic senators — including several 2020 presidential candidates — go on the record about the measure. McConnell had called the proposal “a radical, top-down, socialist makeover of the entire U.S. economy.”

The speech that Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) gave prior to the vote is worth watching for every one of its 13 minutes. He describes the substance of this bill quite accurately, and he does so in a most amusing manner.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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4 comments

  • geoffc

    That is possibly the funniest thing I have seen in while! Best ever from the floor of the Senate. Having said that, I would like to see the competition!

    Better than SNL in the last decade or two for sure.

    My wife is contemplating letting me buy the Reagon on a Raptor poster to hang!

    His poor aide trying so hard not to laugh.

    Jokes:
    Reagan on a Raptor firing a machine gun, fighting the Cold War.
    Alaskans get around on Tauntans.
    Hawaii residents will need Aquaman and a fleet of giant sea horses.
    side note: Cannot allow a sea horse gap.
    Babies are the answer to Climate Change.

    This is a wonderful troll, well played sir, well played indeed!

  • Cotour

    Its funny, AOC emotionally rants about children who have lead in their blood due to living in inferior conditions.

    But fails to fully explain that many of them are living in government supplied buildings and the FACT that in NYC the city is the worst slum landlord.

    https://ny.curbed.com/2018/12/19/18148571/nyc-worst-landlords-list-nycha This is her frame of reference.

    I guess she thinks that speaking loud and emotionally that that makes her argument stronger and of the first order. Ah, to be young, emotional and enthusiastic, full of all of the badly needed answers that humanity is patiently waiting for.

    All to issue forth from your roomy empty head. I have already been informed that she will certainly be challenged in her next election from a prominent NYC politically connected friend, its not going well for the people who she actually represents.

    AOC will find herself an unemployed community organizer, probably taking her short lived fame to a Leftist think tank IMO.

  • Chris Lopes

    The Dems just wanted the issue to pacify the looney tunes wing of the party. They don’t actually believe in this crap, otherwise they’d have had no problem with voting for a nonbinding resolution. Not even the people whose name is actually on the resolution were willing to vote for it.

  • commodude

    And I now wait for the note from my daughter’s econ teacher as she uses this for her current event for the week…

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