Climate Courage: Tester Votes “Present” on Green New Deal
They voted present. Ahh yes, the chronicles of climate courage. But let's talk about what really happened here: a senator from the coal state of Montana refused to vote against the Green New Deal in the United States Senate.
That's right, Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) once again joined with his fellow Senate liberals and refused to vote against the Green New Deal, as Fox News reports:
The Green New Deal, a sweeping Democratic proposal for dealing with climate change, fell at the first hurdle Tuesday as the Senate failed to reach the 60 votes necessary to begin debate on the non-binding resolution, with 42 Democrats and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., voting "present."
According to Politico:
Just three Democrats — Sens. Doug Jones (Ala.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) — broke with their party
Montana Public Radio added this:
Democrats, including Jon Tester, describe the move as a sham – and a risky one itself given how many voters are concerned by the climate change issue.