Government shutdown may upend State of the Union speech

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Nancy Pelosi suggests Trump delay State of the Union over shutdown

With the partial USA government shutdown now in its 26th day, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday urged President Donald Trump to reschedule his State of the Union address - a move that could deny him the opportunity to use the pageantry of the speech to attack Democrats in their own chamber over the impasse. In light of the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay, I am sure you would agree that postponing this public relations event it totally appropriate.

And that same day, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., urged the president to delay his scheduled State of the Union later this month until the shutdown, which nears its fifth week, comes to an end. Mr. Trump did not specifically respond to Pelosi's State of the Union address request in his letter - but the point was clear.

Pelosi predicted that after meeting with Trump, the lawmakers would want to make a "citizen's arrest", according to an aide, who wasn't authorized to publicly discuss the meeting and spoke on condition of anonymity.


"Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week, I suggest we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to the Congress on January 29", Pelosi writes in the letter dated Wednesday. Indeed, he praised the bill for including what he called "the most aggressive border security plan in our history" and said that "the Senate bill is consistent with the key principles for commonsense reform that I - and many others - have repeatedly laid out".

The House and Senate said they will cancel a recess later this week if the shutdown continues, which seemed likely.

While the shutdown hit about one-quarter of federal operations, a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday found that almost four in 10 United States adults said they were either affected by the impasse or know someone who is. Democrats have remained unified in arguing the government should reopen while border discussions continue ― and that a wall shouldn't be a part of the negotiation. Trump said in a tweet.


The bill, which went down 237-187, was brought to the floor in an aim to pressurise the Republicans to back away from US President Donald Trump's demand for the funding of the wall on the Mexico border, amid the partial government shutdown, that has now entered its record 25th day, The Hill reported. And that not knowing when her paycheck will come is very stressful-to say the least.

A group of rank and file members of the Democratic party turned down an invitation from the White House to negotiate a path to reopening the government on Tuesday. Informed by a reporter that they too could walk into the Senate chamber, they instead made a decision to go back to the House side but not before getting mixed up and accidentally walking the wrong way first.

"Today, the president offered both Democrats and Republicans the chance to meet for lunch at the White House".


Separately, a bipartisan group of senators explored solutions. In fact, Democrats kept pushing to reopen the government before immigration talks. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Chris Coons, D-Del., for a three-week respite from the shutdown while negotiators seek agreement on wall money.

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