WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, May 13, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), released the following statement on the rally in favor of the so-called “Green New Deal.” The rally will feature Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Ed Markey (D-MA), as well as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
“The United States Senate already voted on the Green New Deal,” said Barrasso. “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.
“The Green New Deal is unworkable and unaffordable. 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.”
On March 26, 2019, the Senate voted on the Green New Deal resolution. It received 0 votes in favor and 57 votes against, while 43 Democrat senators ducked the vote by voting “present.”
An American Action Forum cost analysis of the Green New Deal resolution found the proposal would cost between $51 trillion and $93 trillion over the next decade. The Green New Deal would cost every household in America between $36,100 and $65,300 per year.