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Marjorie Taylor Greene challenges AOC to charity debate over Green New Deal

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MTG versus AOC, over the GND?

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) on Wednesday challenged Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) to a debate over the economics of the latter’s signature “Green New Deal” policy proposal.

“@AOC I’d like to challenge you to a debate on the Green New Deal economic policy,” Greene tweeted Wednesday morning in a thread.

https://twitter.com/mtgreenee/status/1382331255325401089

The controversial Georgia Republican also brought up her and the self-described democratic socialist’s economic and business credentials.

“Since you sponsored the Green New Deal and have a degree in Economics, I’m sure you are more than qualified,” Greene wrote. “I just have a degree in Business Admin and have owned a construction company for 20 years.”

“A debate between AOC and I on the Green New Deal economic policy would be informative for the American People,” she added. “They deserve to hear the two sides with pro’s [sic] and cons.”

Proposing some ground rules, Greene suggested that she and Ocasio-Cortez each choose one moderator and then negotiate a major news network to host the debate.

“Let’s do this for The People,” the Georgia congresswoman said, concluding her pitch. “What do you say?”

The New York Democrat never gave a response to her, which prompted Greene hours later to further press Ocasio-Cortez on a debate, noting how many Twitter users expressed excitement over a potential televised event.

“People are saying they would pay money to see it,” Greene said, then floating the idea of making the debate “pay per view style” and have the money raised divvied up between the pair for places of each’s choosing.

“What do you think?” she asked.

However, Ocasio-Cortez has yet to respond to the debate proposition.

Ocasio-Cortez’s office did not immediately respond to this reporter’s request for comment.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @DouglasPBraff.

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Biden spends $1.65 trillion taxpayer dollars while vacationing in St. Croix

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While vacationing in the island of St. Croix for the holidays, President Joe Biden on Thursday signed into law the massive $1.65 omnibus spending package.

The whopping 4,155 pages was supported by only nine House Republicans and 13 Senate Republicans. Majority of criticism from the GOP includes concerns that the bill was rushed and crammed with wasteful spending by a lame-duck Democratic-dominated Congress. The recourse will punish American families by adding to the national debt and exacerbate inflation.

“Today, I signed the bipartisan omnibus bill, ending a year of historic progress. It’ll invest in medical research, safety, veteran health care, disaster recovery, VAWA funding — and gets crucial assistance to Ukraine,” Biden tweeted. “Looking forward to more in 2023.”

Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell “praised the bill on the grounds that it represents a real decrease in discretionary spending. He presented it as a positive that nondefense spending jumped by only 5.5 percent, from $730 billion to $772.5 billion, amid an inflation rate of 7.1 percent” writes National Review.

“The bipartisan government-funding bill that Senators Shelby and Leahy have finished negotiating does exactly the opposite of what the Biden administration first proposed,” he said. “This bill provides a substantial real-dollar increase to the defense baseline . . . and a substantial real-dollar cut to the non-defense, non-veterans baseline,” McConnell insisted as negotiations were wrapping up.

House minority leader Kevin McCarthy, however, stated his strong disapproval of the bill before it even advanced. Affirming a letter from 13 House Republicans, McCarthy demanded the bill is reckless, irresponsible, and a “purposeful refusal to secure and defend our borders.”

For example, it failed to incorporate protections for Title 42, the pandemic policy that allows illegal immigrants to be expelled on a public-health basis, which currently hangs in the balance at the Supreme Court.

National Review adds, “The funding in the bill, which averted a federal government shutdown before the new year, includes an allocation of $45 billion in defense assistance to Ukraine. Some Republican priorities, such as Electoral Count Act reform and a bigger military budget, were nested in with Democratic appropriations, such as increased funding for Medicaid and food stamps.”

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