In letter to Trump, Pelosi requests State of the Union be delayed

Politics - Government

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California holds a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. Pelosi has all but ensured she will become House speaker next month, quelling a revolt by disgruntled younger Democrats by agreeing to limit her tenure to no more than four additional years in the chamber’s […]

On Wednesday, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi wrote to President Trump recommending the State of the Union be delayed until after the government reopens.

Pelosi highlights her concerns, stating that a State of the Union address has never been delivered during a government shutdown since the beginning of modern budgeting in Fiscal Year 1977.

Additionally, she cites the need for security during the event, explaining the Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security have gone unfunded for 26 days.

“Sadly, given the security concerns and unless the government reopens this week, I suggest we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opnened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to Congress on January 29,” stated Pelosi in her letter.

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