McConnell agrees Green New Deal was a 'show vote'

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden, Eastland and rejecting the cult of civility California governor predicts 'xenophobic' GOP will likely be third party in 15 years This week: Congress set for clash on Trump's border request MORE (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that the chamber’s recent vote on the Green New Deal resolution was a “show vote.”

"It was," he said when asked by Fox News host Bret Baier.

McConnell last month brought the resolution championed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the first Democratic showdown Young activists press for change in 2020 election Ocasio-Cortez calls out Steve King, Liz Cheney amid controversy over concentration camp remarks MORE (D-N.Y.) to the Senate floor, where no senators voted in support of the resolution. Forty-three Democratic senators voted present.

“I don’t intend to spend all of our time doing that sort of thing,” McConnell said Wednesday on Fox News’ “Special Report with Bret Baier,” referring to the show vote. “But once in a while people oughta go on record and decide whether they are willing to vote for what they say they're for.”

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McConnell was widely criticized by Democrats for the vote, saying he was trying to “troll” them and was not serious about having a discussion on climate change policy.

Ocasio-Cortez later said she encouraged the Senate Democrats to vote "present," saying the issue deserved a hearing before a vote.

The resolution calls for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in the United States while creating millions of “good, high-wage jobs.”

McConnell added that he believes climate change is “certainly happening.”

“I think it ought to be addressed by technology and not by having the government shut down our economy and cost us to lose an incredible number of jobs,” he said. 

-Updated 8:12 p.m.