Washington (February 12, 2019) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Chair of the Senate Climate Task Force, released the following statement after Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) threatened to sabotage efforts to support Senator Markey’s Green New Deal resolution by bringing a resolution to the floor without committee hearings, expert testimony, or a true national debate.


“Republicans don’t want to debate climate change, they only want to deny it,” said Senator Markey. “They have offered no plan to address this economic and national security threat and want to sabotage any effort that makes Big Oil and corporate polluters pay. The principles of the Green New Deal resonate with the American people – a mission to save all of creation by investing in massive job creation. The Green New Deal resolution has struck a powerful chord in this country, and Republicans, climate deniers, and the fossil fuel industry are going to end up on the wrong side of history.”