McConnell Shows His Cards: I Hope Trump Will Sign Bipartisan Border Bill

Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks to members of the media after a weekly Senate Republican Policy Luncheon on February 5, 2019. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
February 12, 2019 2:36 p.m.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made a decisive move Tuesday, saying that he hopes President Donald Trump will “decide to sign” the compromise border deal brokered by a bipartisan group of lawmakers.

“I think Chairman Shelby and the Democrats on a bipartisan basis did a good job,” McConnell said Tuesday afternoon. “From a Republican point of view, there is money for new barrier fencing and no cap on internal enforcement.”

“It’s not everything the President hoped to get, but I think it’s a good step in the right direction. I hope he’ll decide to sign it” he continued. “We’re all quite interested in that, as you can imagine.”

The legislation would allot about $1.4 billion for border fencing, far less than the $5.7 billion Trump wanted for a wall.

McConnell sending Trump a clear signal is significant, as the Senate leader refused to let any legislation onto the Senate floor during the shutdown without a guarantee that Trump would sign it.

That being said, McConnell has a notorious hatred of shutdowns and has been eager to see a solution from the bipartisan group.

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