Pence to attend Senate GOP lunch on Tuesday
Vice President Pence will attend a Senate Republican lunch on Tuesday, his first meeting with the caucus since President Trump lost the 2020 presidential election.
The closed-door sit-down comes as most GOP senators have refused to call on Trump to concede the race to President-elect Joe Biden, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) took a victory lap on the Senate floor after they performed better than was expected in key Senate elections.
Pence has stopped short of echoing Trump’s claim that the election was stolen from him.
“Told @VP Team Today, ‘it ain’t over til it’s over.. and this AIN’T over!’ President @realDonaldTrump has never stopped fighting for us and we’re gonna Keep Fighting until every LEGAL vote is counted!” Pence tweeted Monday.
Pence has remained largely out of the public eye since appearing alongside Trump early Wednesday morning, where the president falsely claimed he had won the election.
Pence is also expected to leave Tuesday for a personal trip to Sanibel, Fla., an island near Fort Meyers, where he has vacationed before. A Federal Aviation Administration advisory indicated the vice president would be there through Saturday.
Tuesday will be the first time Republicans will gather as a caucus since the election. Congress is turning its focus toward a packed end-of-year agenda that includes needing to fund the government, pushing for a “targeted” coronavirus relief bill and confirming more judicial nominees.
Pence previously attended a Senate GOP lunch in June, as he tried to reassure senators amid an increase in coronavirus cases. The country is currently seeing another spike in cases as public health experts brace for a harsh winter.
Pence also attended a Senate GOP lunch last year to discuss Trump’s national emergency declaration on the border wall amid efforts in Congress to block it.