McConnell rules out overriding veto to reopen government

McConnell rules out overriding veto to reopen government

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) at the Tuesday briefing, Sept. 25, 2018, (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian)
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Photo © 2018 Doug Christian/TMN)

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stood by his refusal to bring a vote on any legislation to reopen the government that President Donald Trump opposes, telling reporters Tuesday that he would not override a presidential veto.

“A situation like this where the president, in my view, is in the right place, trying to get the right outcome as all of us have expressed with regard to border security, of course not,” McConnell (R-Ky.)said when asked if he would contemplate beating back Trump’s veto power.

Funding for 25 percent of the federal government expired 25 days ago after Trump refused to support any spending measure that did not include approximately $5.7 billion for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Democrats have balked, countered with $1.3 billion in border security but refusing to support a proposed barrier.

House Democrats have pushed stopgap bills that would reopen the government while negotiations continue, but they have proven to be dead on arrival amid a blanket veto threat from the president.

McConell reiterated Tuesday that any legislative fix has to have the support of the president.

“There’s no way around that,” McConnell said.

Under the Constitution, a presidential veto can be overrode via a two-thirds vote in both chambers.

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