Vice President Mike Pence is trying to avert an embarrassing vote from the president’s party denouncing his national emergency on the so-called border “crisis.” But according to at least one Republican senator, it’s a complete waste of time.
Pence told Republicans that he’d be willing to work on another bill that Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) developed that would mandate Congress vote whether to extend Trump’s national emergency declaration after 30 days. If Pence could guarantee the president would sign it, Republicans would be willing to bring it for a vote.
The problem with the bill is that it’s not likely to have much support in the Democratic-led House.
“It was our usual circular conversation,” one Republican senator told The Hill. “Everyone goes around and throws out proposals, and nothing gets resolved.
“There is no plan,” the senator added.
Trump has said that he intends to veto the measure Republicans and Democrats intend to pass that would denounce the national emergency. It’s unclear whether the Senate could overturn the veto.