The partial government shut down is entering day twenty-six and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is urging the President to delay the State of the Union address. The SOTU won’t happen until later this month, but Democrats must be preparing for a long one based on Pelosi’s comments.
“Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week, I suggest that 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 29th,” Pelosi wrote in a letter to Trump Wednesday.
Today, I wrote to @realDonaldTrump recommending that we delay the State of the Union until after government re-opens, as the @SecretService, the lead federal agency for #SOTU security, faces its 26th day without funding. https://t.co/K2oL8WGvqo pic.twitter.com/g3fIlxDbbK
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 16, 2019
Yesterday, the President tweeted, “Why is Nancy Pelosi getting paid when people who are working are not?”
Why is Nancy Pelosi getting paid when people who are working are not?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 15, 2019
He has not responded to her letter, but CNN’s Jake Tapper tweeted this morning that House Minority Leader Steny Hoyer says the State of the Union is off.
House Majority @LeaderHoyer: “The State of the Union is off.”
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 16, 2019