Senate Joint Resolution 8
116th Congress(2019-2020)
A joint resolution recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal.
Introduced in Senate on Feb 13, 2019
Feb 13, 2019
Latest Action
Mar 26, 2019
Origin Chamber
Joint Resolution
Joint Resolution
A form of legislative measure used to propose changes in law, or to propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Depending on the chamber of origin, they begin with a designation of either H.J.Res. or S.J.Res. Concurrent resolutions and simple resolutions are other types of resolutions. Bill is another form of legislative measure used to propose law.
Bill Number
Policy Area
Environmental Protection
Environmental Protection
Primary focus of measure is regulation of pollution including from hazardous substances and radioactive releases; climate change and greenhouse gases; environmental assessment and research; solid waste and recycling; ecology. Measures concerning energy exploration, efficiency, and conservation may fall under Energy policy area.
Sponsorship by Party
March 26, 2019
Cloture Motion
Senate Roll Call Votes

This joint resolution declares that the government has a duty to create a Green New Deal with the goals of

  • achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions;
  • establishing millions of high-wage jobs and ensuring economic security for all;
  • investing in infrastructure and industry;
  • securing clean air and water, climate and community resiliency, healthy food, access to nature, and a sustainable environment for all; and
  • promoting justice and equality.

The joint resolution calls for accomplishment of these goals through a 10-year national mobilization effort. The resolution also enumerates the goals and projects of the mobilization effort, including

  • building smart power grids (i.e., power grids that enable customers to reduce their power use during peak demand periods);
  • upgrading all existing buildings and constructing new buildings to achieve maximum energy and water efficiency;
  • removing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation and agricultural sectors;
  • cleaning up existing hazardous waste and abandoned sites;
  • ensuring businesspersons are free from unfair competition; and
  • providing higher education, high-quality health care, and affordable, safe, and adequate housing to all.
Text (1)
February 14, 2019
Actions (7)
Cloture on the motion to proceed to the measure not invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 0 - 57. Record Vote Number: 52. (CR S1971)
Motion to proceed to measure considered in Senate. (CR S1964)
Cloture motion on the motion to proceed to the measure presented in Senate. (CR S1882)
Motion to proceed to consideration of measure made in Senate. (CR S1882)
Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 27.
Introduced in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time. (text: CR S1327-1328)
Introduced in Senate
Public Record
Feb 14, 2019 5:40:17 AM
Feb 16, 2021 8:41:31 PM