With the partial US 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.
The U.S. Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security are leading federal agencies for security of the event. However, the government employees will not be compensated until the lapse in appropriations ends.
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. Asked whether she'd allow the speech to go forward January 29 if Trump insists on delivering it, Pelosi replied, "We'll cross that bridge when we come to it". Chris Coons of DE are leading a renewed effort to persuade Trump to let the government reopen for three weeks in return for a commitment from lawmakers to try to address his concerns about border security in that period. Pelosi was scheduled to take USA military transportation, which Mr. Trump has the ability to halt, a senior White House official told CBS News. The House and the Senate have to pass resolutions to actually green light the State of the Union.
'I had a choice: do we have no food for you, because we have a shutdown, or do we give you some little quick salads that the first lady will make along with the second lady, they'll make some salads, ' Trump said.
Executive staff who are working are among the 800,000 federal workers not being paid during the shutdown. By autumn, lawmakers will also need to approve a fresh round of spending bills for next year, providing opportunities for Trump to threaten a new shutdown for whatever issue he deems worth highlighting as his 2020 re-election campaign revs up.
Representative Jim Jordan of the House Freedom Caucus, a group of conservative Republicans who are close allies of Trump, said Pelosi's move showed the lengths to which Democrats will go to obstruct the president.
Seven Democratic lawmakers, including newly elected freshmen, have arrived at the White House ready to ask President Donald Trump to reopen the government while talks continue over border security.
The political tit-for-tat between Trump and Pelosi underscored the tension between the two leaders, both playing to their core supporters as they battle over the president's demand for money to build a U.S. -Mexico border wall. After Trump walked out of a meeting at the White House last week, Democrats have refused to come to the negotiation table.
But hopes of side deals being cut by the White House seemed unlikely, as did the prospect of groups of senators meeting privately to forge a compromise. Chris Coons, D-Del., to reopen the government for three weeks while talks continue. Dozens of workers told the Times that they have less than one month's worth of savings to get them through the shutdown. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., another leader of the effort.