Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday ripped into Republicans for planning to force a vote on the Green New Deal, calling the plan a "stunt," a "cheap, cynical ploy" and "a game of political gotcha."  "The Republican leader announced he is going to bring a resolution he intends to vote against," Schumer said on the Senate floor. "
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Schumer is the latest Democrat to criticize Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for calling the vote on the plan that many in the party have already rallied behind. Still, Schumer, joined by colleagues on the Senate floor, said: "Bring it in." He said the Democrats "believe that we need to do something about climate change" and added: "Do Republicans?"
Earlier this week, McConnell said that the Senate will vote on the Green New Deal ̵
"I've noted with great interest the Green New Deal," McConnell told reporters. "And we're going to be voting on that in the Senate. We will give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal. "
The proposal put forward by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., aims to transform the country's economy into a bid to combat climate change. It has recently come under scrutiny after the revelations that a related FAQ document included passages promising a job for "all people of the United States" – including those "unwilling to work" – and suggesting that air travel could be obsolete.
"We set a goal to get to zero-zero, rather than zero emissions, in 10 years, because we are not sure that we will be able to completely get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast, "the now-deleted document also read.
But McConnell's move to bring the plan to a vote on the Senate floor will be a key test for Democratic presidential candidates such as Sens. Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, who are running on the progressive platform in 2020.
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While the backing of the far-left proposal will ultimately improve their liberal bona fides and their support from the Democratic base, the support of the plan will undoubtedly be the target of attacks in the the general elections.
President Trump has already begun attacking the Green New Deal, claiming it would "shut down American energy" and describe it as "a high school term paper that got a low mark" during a rally Monday in El Paso , Texas.
Corbin Trent, a spokesman for Ocasio-Cortez, said that McConnell's plan to bring the plan to the vote would only show "just how out of touch the Republican politicians are with the American people."
Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass, a co-sponsor of the plan, also decried McConnell's move.
"Do not let Mitch McConnell fool you: this is nothing but an attempt to sabotage the movement we are building. He wants to silence your voice so the Republicans do not have to explain why they are climate change deniers. McConnell wants this to be the end, this is just the beginning, "said Markey.
Fox News' Chad Pergram and Lucas Mikelionis and The Associated Press contributed to this report.