“Items as contentious as that’s likely to be, we’ll see, but I’m not going to call it up free-standing,” McConnell told reporters at his weekly press conference. “You’re suggesting it might be offered as an amendment. [The National Defense Authorization Act] is going to be open, we’ll see what amendments are offered.” . . .GOP leaders have said they do not want to bring up a bill that Trump would be certain to veto. Coming ahead of November’s midterm elections, it might be a tough vote for some Republicans to cross their president. Collecting the 60 votes necessary to pass the legislation in the Senate would be difficult, and 67 votes would be required to overturn a presidential veto.
June 7, 2018 at 9:15 AM EDT