The Latest: Pence calls on Congress to support border wall

March 5, 2019

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on Vice President Mike Pence’s appearance in Arizona (all times local):

1:30 p.m.

Vice President Mike Pence is calling on the Senate not to reject President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration freeing up money to build a wall on the southern border.

Pence spoke Tuesday to the board of directors of the National Association of Manufacturers during a meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The vice president urged business leaders to call on Congress to “stand up for border security and put the safety and security and wellbeing of America first.”

The Democratic-led House voted recently to upend Trump’s emergency declaration. Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell acknowledged Monday that there are enough votes in the Senate to follow suit, though he said Trump will veto it and his veto will likely be sustained.


9:40 a.m.

Vice President Mike Pence will be in Arizona Tuesday to speak at a National Association of Manufacturers board meeting in Scottsdale.

Pence is scheduled to speak midday at the Phoenician resort. He’ll also participate in a discussion with Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon and the leadership of the National Association of Manufacturers. Later, he’ll tour a Drug Enforcement Administration facility in the Phoenix area.

The vice president was last in Arizona in October for a rally in Yuma supporting Martha McSally’s campaign for the U.S. Senate.