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House Republican plans discharge petition on Green New Deal

House Republican plans discharge petition on Green New Deal
© Stefani Reynolds

Conservative Rep. Jody HiceJody Brownlow Hice42 GOP lawmakers press for fencing around Capitol to be removed Georgia elections chief refutes election claims in letter to Congress READ: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results MORE (R-Ga.) plans to introduce a discharge petition on the progressive-backed Green New Deal on Wednesday.

The push to bypass Democratic leadership and force a Green New Deal vote on the House floor is the latest attempt by GOP lawmakers to get Democrats on the record on the controversial legislation.

Republicans are working to get signatures from Democrats to utilize the procedural tool.

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“I'm looking forward to it — the American people need to know where their representatives stand by the Green New Deal, and I'm hopeful we'll be able to gather 218 votes and give that choice to the people of America,” Hice told The Hill.

"Ninety-two of them are signed onto it now as far as cosponsoring, so hopefully at least 20 of them will have the guts to say, yeah let's vote on it."

The resolution — which has garnered national attention amid its support from progressive firebrands such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez criticizes opening of migrant facility for children under Biden Udalls: Haaland criticism motivated 'by something other than her record' Ocasio-Cortez targets Manchin over Haaland confirmation MORE (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders has right goal, wrong target in fight to help low-wage workers Democrats in standoff over minimum wage Sanders votes against Biden USDA nominee Vilsack MORE (I-Vt.) — calls for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, which proponents argue will lead to high-paying jobs. But despite receiving broad support from the far-left flank of the party and endorsements from multiple Democratic presidential hopefuls, a number of centrists and fiscally conservative Democrats have expressed concerns over costs, attempting to separate themselves from the proposal.

House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseFeehery: How Republicans can win by focusing on schools Former RNC chair to Republicans looking for new Trump party: 'There's the door' This week: House to vote on Biden's .9 trillion coronavirus bill MORE (R-La.) is leading the whipping effort on the proposal, which could potentially place Democrats in swing districts in a difficult position.

The GOP has repeatedly highlighted the Green New Deal in their messaging strategy while attempting to paint Democrats as a party shifting further to the left.

“The more that you see Pelosi's new majority promoting far-left socialist policies, it's sparking a strong debate on both sides. But I think most people in this country are alarmed that there is such a move toward socialism by this new Congress,” Scalise told The Hill on Monday.

“Their policies are out of step with the American people. And frankly, everybody ought to take a position.”

The move comes in the wake of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell backs Garland for attorney general Trump to attend private RNC donor retreat The Patriot Party already exists — it's the Democrats MORE (R-Ky.) having brought the resolution up for a politically-motivated vote which failed to advance with the majority of Democrats having voted present in late-March.

House Republicans will face an uphill battle in gaining Democratic support on the discharge petition. Ocasio-Cortez previously encouraged Senate Democrats to vote present on the measure when that chamber’s GOP leadership similarly forced a floor vote, accusing Republicans of political theater.