The Green New Deal struggled to find any support in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday. Not a single senator voted to begin debate on the legislation. There were 42 Democrats who voted present, along with Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Fifty-seven lawmakers voted against breaking the filibuster. Three Democrats voted no — Senators Doug Jones (Alabama) Joe Manchin (West Virginia) and Kyrsten Sinema (Arizona).
There’s a movement in the Iowa Senate to let Iowans know where their senators stand on the issue as well. Senator Randy Feenstra (R-Hull) filed a resolution that states the Iowa Senate opposes Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s and Senator Ed Markey’s Green New Deal.
Feenstra said he is not impressed with federal legislators taking a swipe at agriculture.
“I think we’ve got to find out who in the state really believes this sort of thing,” Feenstra said. “That was the genesis for the resolution — just simply saying ‘alright, who supports this type of extreme and radical thought.’ I think they need to be called out. If they’re part of Iowa, I think we need to know.”
The resolution notes that Iowa represents the future of America’s energy needs with its rich ag tradition that feeds and fuels the world.
“One-size-fits-all regulator schemes, such as the Green New Deal, will cost Americans their jobs, hurt Iowa’s agricultural economy and raise utility rates for Iowan families,” says the resolution. “Emissions trading, energy taxes and similar schemes have been rejected by the American people in the past.”
Feenstra said the Green New Deal would cripple Iowa.
“In Iowa we support agriculture, we support a vibrant economy, we support business,” he said. “The Green New Deal is anti-business, it’s anti-agriculture, it’s anti-growth. You can’t have a society if you don’t have those three items.”
His hope is every Iowa senator sides with Iowans.
“The reason I did this is we have all these presidential candidates coming through and quite a few of them have said they support (the Green New Deal),” Feenstra said. “We have a lot of (state) senators who are supporting these presidential candidates. So, where do they stand on this issue? I think Iowans need to know where they stand on this issue.
“Iowans, we all value agriculture, we all value the growth of our economy and this bill would be devastating to our state. It’d be disastrous. If there’s anybody who wants to support this, we need to know who they are.”
The resolution is not under any funnel deadline. It would be sent to the state’s federal delegation.
“We have a bipartisan delegation,” Feenstra said. “I think it’s time that our whole delegation knows where the state of Iowa stands on this issue.”