U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) delivered the following remarks on the Senator floor encouraging senators to support his amendment to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund to prohibit legislation or regulations that implement the Green New Deal.
Barrasso is ranking member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (ENR).
“I am offering this amendment to spare the country from the so-called ‘Green New Deal.’
“The Green New Deal isn’t about protecting the environment.
“It’s about making big government even bigger.
“This socialist scheme would destroy jobs.
“It will reduce the quality of life for the American people.
“Millions and millions of Americans will suffer.
“It would worsen already high inflation. It will drive a stake through the economy, and eventually bankrupt the nation.
“Senate Democrats have made it clear they want to use this reckless tax and spending spree to implement the Green New Deal.
“Just last night, Senator Markey of Massachusetts made this statement: ‘Without question the Green New Deal is in the DNA of this budget resolution’
“Instead of raising the costs of energy, we should be working to lower the cost of alternative technologies and fuels through innovation, not taxation and regulation.
“I would encourage a yes vote on the Barrasso amendment and reject the job-killing Green New Deal.”