Trump is moving his focus to the Senate, now that Nancy Pelosi has made it clear that she will not take any reasonable measures to work with him on current problems. If Mitch McConnell can get Trump’s plan passed in the upper chamber, it will put a great deal of pressure on the House to get its act together.
The Washington Examiner reports:
McConnell: Senate will vote next week on Trump plan
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he will take up legislation next week incorporating the deal President Trump outlined in a Saturday afternoon address that supporters hope will end a partial government shutdown now entering its second month.
The Kentucky Republican’s move to bring the deal up for a vote will put political pressure on Democrats in both chambers, who through their leaders publicly rejected Trump’s proposal Saturday afternoon.
It would take 60 votes to advance the measure in the Senate, which means Republicans will need the support of seven Democrats to pass the measure, assuming no GOP lawmakers vote against it…
“I intend to move to this legislation this week,” McConnell said in a statement after Trump’s announcement. “With bipartisan cooperation, the Senate can send a bill to the House quickly so that they can take action as well. The situation for furloughed employees isn’t getting any brighter and the crisis at the border isn’t improved by show votes. But the President’s plan is a path toward addressing both issues quickly.”
Mitch McConnell plays for keeps. Hopefully, he can get the job done here.