US Senate majority leader , Republican Mitch McConnell won’t let the Senate vote on the bill, even though they would most likely pass it…..
McConnell and other Republicans do NOT want both Houses of Congress to vote a veto override of Trump’s actions…
Such a move could embolden and form a group of lawmakers that would essentially weaken Trump’s Presidency….
The stopgap spending bills reflect Democrats’ view that government should be reopened before their party is willing to truly negotiate with President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans about border security spending, specifically a wall in parts of the southern border where there is none currently.
With more congressional Republicans growing uneasy about the shutdown and polls showing that the public blames Trump and the GOP more than Democrats for it, Democrats are hoping that Republicans will help them pass the stopgap spending bills.
House Appropriations Chairwoman Nita Lowey said in a statement announcing the two continuing resolutions that they “offer President Trump and Senate Republicans additional options to end the shutdown while allowing time for negotiation on border security and immigration policy.”
“We should pass them into law without delay,” the New York Democrat said.
Democrats can pass the Feb. 28 CR on their own but they would need at least 54 Republicans to vote for the Feb. 1 CR to pass it under suspension of the rules, which requires three-quarters support of those voting.
But even if both measures pass the House, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is unlikely to bring them up because Trump would be unlikely to sign them….