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Stephen O’Hanlon,

McConnell Green New Deal Vote Fails to Slow Momentum; Sunrise Movement Preparing for 100+ Town Halls Across US


After Sen. Mitch McConnell forced a farcical vote on the Green New Deal resolution introduced by Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Sunrise Movement Co-Founder and Executive Director Varshini Prakash issued the following statement:

"Calling this vote was a shameful ploy by Mitch McConnell to slow the Green New Deal's momentum. But his cynical ploy backfired, and showed just how out of touch Mitch McConnell and GOP Senators are with ordinary Americans. On the heels of record wildfires and hurricanes and a groundbreaking UN Climate Report, Americans are demanding solutions like never before, and Republicans are showing them they have nothing to offer.

We're confident that the Green New Deal will continue to gain steam and build an even broader following among the American people, no matter what political games Senate Republicans pull in the months and years to come."

The vote came after Democratic senators protested, arguing on the floor that given Republican intransigence to any policy idea that might slow climate change, today's vote was not being held in good faith. Earlier on Tuesday, activists rallied with Democratic senators outside the Capitol and delivered 250,000 petition signatures in support of the Green New Deal to Congressional leadership.

Tuesday's vote did little to slow growing momentum behind the Green New Deal, which recently gained the support of Sen. Van Hollen (D-MD). The American Sustainable Business Council also sent a letter from nearly 300 businesses urging Senators to support the Green New Deal resolution, including Ben and Jerry's, Seventh Generation, and Trillium Asset Management. Leaders with Sunrise Movement have also announced plans to tour the country in continuing to build support for the Green New Deal.

"We put the Green New Deal on the map by taking action in Washington DC," said Sunrise Movement Co-Founder and Communications Director Stephen O'Hanlon. "But we know the fight will be won or lost in the hearts and minds of the American people and the resolve we show to making the Green New Deal a reality. That's why we're launching the Road to a Green New Deal tour to give every American an opportunity to hear about how it will improve their lives."

More information on tour events can be found at:

Sunrise Movement is a movement to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process.