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Marjorie Taylor Greene says AOC has agreed to Green New Deal debate

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) claims that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has agreed to debate her on the economics of the latter’s Green New Deal proposal.

“I’m glad I ran into you today @AOC to plan our debate about the Green New Deal. After I finish reading all 14 pages, like we agreed, I’ll schedule time for our debate,” Greene wrote Wednesday evening, sharing an image of the pair speaking with each other on the House floor, accompanied with the hashtag “#MTGvsAOC” based off of their initials.

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The next morning, the controversial GOP congresswoman took to Twitter to say, “I read your 14 page Communists manifesto @AOC. Looking forward to debating you.”

While Ocasio-Cortez has not confirmed whether she actually has agreed to debate Greene, on Thursday—Earth Day—the self-described democratic socialist did respond to Rep. Chellie Pingree’s (D-Minn.) picture of her green “Green New Deal” hat, saying, “I’m glad you like it @chelliepingree! Happy Earth Day”.

The New York congresswoman on Thursday also promoted via Twitter a virtual town hall event for her constituents about the Green New Deal and the FEMA funeral assistance program.

Thursday afternoon, Greene ramped up her criticism of the Green New Deal, accusing President Joe Biden and Democrats of “forcing America into slavery to China with @AOC’s Green New Deal.”

Earlier this month, Greene initially proposed the debate idea to Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter, 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. However, the New York Democrat never publicly addressed this debate invitation.

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

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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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