Before U.S. lawmakers have even come up with the details of the Green New Deal, they’re facing a vote on it Tuesday in the Senate.
It’s a procedural vote—a preemptive roll call engineered by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky in an attempt to embarrass the Democrats and tamp down talk of climate policy. Democrats, in turn, will try to use the occasion to highlight the GOP’s inaction on climate change.
That sets the stage for a highly partisan, substance-free squabble before the first vote the Senate has taken in 11 years related to a proposed climate solution.
Here is a guide to the maneuvers that are about to unfold. [Continue reading…]