Congress is preparing to pass a new communication plan for President Donald Trump, but it will likely face strong resistance from some members of his own party.
While the communications proposal will likely be passed on the Senate floor, it’s unlikely to become law, according to a source familiar with the discussions.
The measure is being drafted in the aftermath of a barrage of negative press coverage over the last week, including the arrest of a former Trump aide and his wife in New York and the indictment of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
Ahead of the vote, Trump has said that he will veto the legislation.
While the proposal was drafted after Trump was briefed by a bipartisan group of lawmakers and is likely to pass the Senate, it is likely that Trump will veto it.
The proposal calls for requiring Trump to use “the most efficient and efficient means to communicate directly with Congress and the American people,” as well as setting up an online system that will allow for communication from Congress to be monitored and shared with the public.
Democrats and Republicans in Congress are expected to push back against the proposal, but the White House and its allies are likely to win their fight, as the bill would put the president in charge of communications.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Thursday that the administration was looking forward to the Senate voting on the proposal.
“The president believes that it’s important to make sure the American public has a voice in how our government operates,” Spicer said in a statement.
“The president looks forward to a full and fair vote by the Senate on this important proposal.”
Senate Democrats have signaled their opposition to the plan, while Republicans in the House are also opposed to the measure.
“I think it’s a big mistake for the president to sign a bill that would create new rules for the Internet and the Internet companies,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said in an interview on CNN Thursday.
“It’s really an attempt to create a new regulatory regime that has no basis in law.”
“We’re not going to let that happen,” he added.
The plan also calls for creating a government-wide “internet hotline” to provide information to lawmakers, but House Republicans have already introduced legislation to establish a similar system that would require all companies to provide Congress with access to customer data.
While many Republicans in Washington remain staunchly opposed to Trump’s presidency, other lawmakers are willing to let the president handle the business of government.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R.-Fla.) is also an outspoken critic of Trump’s administration, and the Florida Republican is working with fellow Republicans to introduce a bill to overturn the president’s executive orders.
“He’s the only president in history that I think has been able to bypass Congress to take his own actions, but also get to the point where he’s able to do that,” Rubio told CNN.
“I think that is very troubling, and it should be looked at and questioned.”
While the bill faces resistance in the Senate from both parties, it could become law as soon as Thursday.
A vote on the plan would likely be a no-brainer, with Republicans in control of both chambers and the White the only significant threat to the bill.