The Chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, Liz Cheney (Wyo.), called for the House of Representatives to hold a vote on the Green New Deal proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
Speaking to reporters, Cheney said the vote would show Americans where their representatives stand on the issue:
“We think Democrats need to be held accountable. If they support this as they say they do, and as their presidential candidates do, then let’s have a vote on it and see to what extent they’re all going to get behind moving towards this fantasy.”Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.)
Cheney described the proposal as an attempt to get rid of air travel. While the plan itself does not call for a ban on air travel, it includes a FAQ section that called for the construction of a high-speed rail system which would make air travel unnecessary.
Conservatives balked at another passage in the FAQ section that said the Green New Deal would establish “economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work.”
Cheney’s call comes after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said his chamber would hold a vote on the matter to see how Democratic senators who endorsed the measure feel about it.
Several Senate Democrats who have launched presidential campaigns endorsed the Green New Deal after details of the proposal were published last week.
Conservatives blasted the measure as an outlandish fantasy that would require massive tax hikes to implement and ultimately would not come to fruition.