GOP pollster says Senate vote on Green New Deal will be a test for 2020 Dems in chamber

Republican pollster Chris Wilson said in an interview that aired Thursday on "What America's Thinking" that the Senate's vote on the Green New Deal will be a test for 2020 Senate Democrats' support of the proposal. 

"You see [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — McConnell, Kaine offer bill to raise tobacco buying age to 21 | Measles outbreak spreads to 24 states | Pro-ObamaCare group launches ad blitz to protect Dems MORE [R-Ky.] working hard to get a vote in the Senate so he can get the Democrats on record, particularly those running for president," Wilson, chief strategist at WPA Intelligence, told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball. 

"You have [Sen.] Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection California Democrats face crisis of credibility after lawsuits Feehery: A whole new season of 'Game of Thrones' MORE [D-Calif.], [Sen.] Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection Feehery: A whole new season of 'Game of Thrones' Overnight Energy: Warren wants Dems to hold climate-focused debate | Klobuchar joins candidates rejecting fossil fuel money | 2020 contender Bennet offers climate plan MORE [D-Mass.], who say they're for it, but let's see if they'll actually vote for it if it comes up," she continued. 

The proposal, which was introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezSteve Bullock puts Citizens United decision at center of presidential push Fix the climate with smaller families Dem Sen. Markey faces potential primary challenge in Massachusetts MORE (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyGOP senator announces bill to block companies from tracking online activity Trump faces criticism for hosting Hungary's leader Bill Nye tees off on climate change skeptics: 'The planet is on f---ing fire!' MORE (D-Mass.) last month, aims to for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in the United States while creating millions of “good, high-wage jobs." 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) plans to force a vote on the resolution in the coming weeks. It is not expected to pass through the upper chamber. 

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) slammed McConnell for the move on Wednesday, saying it was a "diversion" from actually having a debate on climate change. 

— Julia Manchester