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Nancy Pelosi Wants Trump To Postpone The State Of The Union Address Until The Shutdown Ends

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 04: U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) arrives at a news conference at the U.S. Capitol January 4, 2019 in Washington, DC. Speaker Pelosi held a news conference to introduce H.R.1, the "For the People Act," a reform package "to restore the promise of our nation's democracy, end the culture of corruption in Washington, and reduce the role of money in politics to return the power back to the American people." (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Alex Wong/Getty Images
By Britni Danielle · January 16, 2019

As we approach the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend, the U.S. government remains closed for business.

So far, more than 800,000 federal workers have missed a paycheck, and residents who rely on government services, like public housing, social security, or air travel have all been slammed by the shutdown. With this in mind and no deal in sight to put an end to the longest government closure in history, Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi has asked Donald Trump to postpone his upcoming State of the Union Address or deliver a written version.

“During the 19th Century and up until the presidency of Woodrow Wilson, these annual State of the Union messages were delivered to Congress in writing,” Pelosi wrote in a letter to Trump. “And since the start of modern budgeting in Fiscal Year 1977, a State of the Union address has never been delivered during a government shutdown.”

One reason Pelosi is calling on Trump to delay the address is because of security concerns.

“The U.S. Secret Service was designated as the lead federal agency responsible for coordinating, planning, exercising, and implementing security for National Special Security Event,” Pelosi argued. “However, both the U.S. Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security have not been funded for 26 days now – with critical departments hamstrung by furloughs”

She added: “Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after the 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.”

The White House has yet to respond to Pelosi’s request.