Dean James at Right Wing Tribune
The Dems and the Republicans all agreed to vote against an amendment to the ludicrous ‘Green New Deal’ proposed by a GOP lawmaker, Wisconsin Republican Rep. Sean Duffy, the House Committee on Financial Services committee’s ranking Republican.
Duffy, introduced the amendment to the committee Democrats’ budget resolution, though he admitted that didn’t plan on voting for it anyways.
Duffy introduced his amendment to show that the bill which was first introduced back in February by New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is basically an impossible dream.
Her bill, which some Democratic 2020 presidential candidates are endorseing, included a call to retrofit every building to maximize energy efficiency (as well as eliminating airplanes and cows that fart.)
Duffy’s amendment would have changed the wording of one line of a financial services committee budget and views resolution to be in line with the Green New Deal’s call for “maximum energy efficiency” and “zero-emissions.”
The amendment said the budget should furnish funds “to provide all people with affordable, safe, and adequate housing that has been newly built or retroactively upgraded to achieve maximum energy efficiency, water efficiency, safety, affordability, comfort, and durability, using only clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources.”
That’s similar to the Green New Deal resolution’s call for “upgrading all existing buildings in the United States and building new buildings to achieve maximum energy efficiency, water efficiency, safety, affordability, comfort, and durability, including through electrification.”
Duffy sparred with committee chair California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters, a Green New Deal co-sponsor, who said the amendment was not a serious one and urged fellow Democrats to vote against it.
“I want to debate it, but I’m not going to vote for it,” Duffy said in an exchange with Waters during the hearing.
“[W]e are dealing with a very real homeless crisis in this country, and this amendment is not taking it serious,” Waters responded before asking her Democratic colleagues to vote “no” on Duffy’s amendment.
“Is the gentle-lady chairwoman saying that the Green New Deal is not serious?” Duffy shot back. Waters said “you are not serious” before reclaiming her time.
Democratic Missouri Rep. Lacy Clay called Duffy’s bill “ridiculous.” Clay said there should be a serious discussion about how to make public housing energy-efficient, so people can save on utility bills.
“How dare we try to make a game out of this, I think it’s ridiculous,” Clay said.
Unsurprisingly, Duffy’s amendment was unanimously defeated. Every Republican and Democrat on the committee, including Ocasio-Cortez, voted against Duffy’s amendment to the committee budget resolution.
Duffy tweeted this after the meeting:
“I gave Democrats the opportunity to debate and vote on their ridiculous Green New Deal legislation, but they are afraid to do so and even called it not serious. I couldn’t agree more. ”
I gave Democrats the opportunity to debate and vote on their ridiculous Green New Deal legislation, but they are afraid to do so and even called it not serious. I couldn't agree more. ???? pic.twitter.com/7EoAnUbVE1
— Sean Duffy (@RepSeanDuffy) March 6, 2019