UPDATE: Gardner told The Hill that he’d vote to end the government shutdown, without providing funding for the border wall.
U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner has been emphasizing that he voted for a senate bill late last year that would have kept the government running.
He made the point in a Dec. 21 tweet, stating, “I voted for a clean government funding bill that passed the Senate on Wednesday night.”
Gardner is referring to his vote on a bipartisan measure that would have kept the government operating without funding for a border wall. That’s why he refers to it as a “clean” bill. It passed the senate but died after the House passed a bill that contained the wall funds.
Gardner said again today in a KOA radio interview that he voted for the clean senate bill in December and that he wants to end the shutdown.
Now the question is, would he vote for the same or very similar bill again, if it’s passed, as expected, by House Democrats in the coming week?
Would he push for a senate vote on the legislation?
That follow-up question wasn’t put to him on KOA this morning, and Gardner didn’t return a call from the Colorado Times Recorder seeking to know the answer.
Another reasonable question is, if the bill were to clear the senate, would he vote to override a Trump veto?