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Republicans dismiss effort to delay State of the Union address

by Harvest Prude
Posted 1/17/19, 12:19 pm

WASHINGTON—Republicans pushed back against a suggestion by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., that President Donald Trump postpone his State of the Union address, scheduled for Jan. 29, until the partial government shutdown ends. In a Wednesday letter, Pelosi said that the Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security could not provide adequate security for the event until the government reopened. But DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Wednesday that both agencies “are fully prepared to support and secure the State of the Union.”

Republican lawmakers accused Pelosi of playing politics. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., said the move proved Democrats were “only interested in obstructing … not governing.” Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., suggested the president break with tradition and deliver the address from the Senate. Pelosi said Trump could also deliver his annual report to lawmakers in writing. Both the House and Senate must extend an official invitation to the president to deliver his address.

Some Democrats interpreted the move as political punishment for the president’s refusal to approve a budget that does not fund a wall at the U.S. southern border. Trump met Wednesday with a bipartisan group of lawmakers, but they did not reach a compromise to end the shutdown, now in its 27th day. The president also signed legislation to ensure backpay for the 800,000 federal employees currently furloughed or working without pay.

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Harvest is a reporter for WORLD based in Washington, D.C.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 01/17/2019 04:27 pm

    I doubt we really need a State of the Union Address this year. Probably, we can all predict what would be in it:

    ”It has been a really, really great year!  Huge! Just huge!  The economy is up, employment is up!  Too bad my opponents can’t see that.

    ”Also too bad my opponents can’t see how badly we need The Wall. It will be really really great! Huge!  You will all be so proud of it!  Tell your Democrat Representatives and Senators to do what’s best for America!

    “ With the help of the Great People of the United States, we will continue to Make America Great Again! Thank you very much!”

    Posted: Thu, 01/17/2019 05:07 pm

    Problem is he has to do a SOTU address or it looks Pelosi is running things. The media and all the talk shows say she is.

  • DS
    Posted: Thu, 01/17/2019 09:51 pm

    I beg to differ. The State of the Union Address is one of the thing the Constitution requires the president to do, no matter what is in it.

    In my oppinion, Pelosi wasn't smart to try and delay the State of the Union Address.

    Posted: Thu, 01/17/2019 05:05 pm

    Then he shouldn't have voted for Pelosi.

    Did people really vote for Pelosi again or is she in one of those areas where she wins no matter who votes?

    And maybe she runs uncontested, OR ELSE.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 01/18/2019 01:11 am

    My own opinion, Pelosi gets elected because the majority of voters in her district are idiots.