The government is open…for now after President Donald Trump and Democrats reached a “tentative deal” to end the shutdown, temporarily, until Feb. 15.
That being said, the president’s State of the Union address is still on hold, with no date scheduled at this time.
Last week, while the tensions of the shutdown still roiled, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made it clear that the president would not be welcome to give his address as long as the government remained closed. The president is not able to speak in front of a joint session of Congress without both of the chambers’ express permission.
And though tensions have temporarily eased, it seems as if the expected Tuesday date is still off the table.
“It’s not happening on 1/29,” Drew Hammill, a spokesman for Pelosi, told USA Today.
Pelosi told reporters following Trump’s announcement that the government would reopen that a date was still being worked out for the address.
“The State of the Union is not planned now,” she said.
“What I said to the president is when the government is opened we will discuss a mutually agreeable date,” Pelosi added. “I’ll look forward to doing that.”
Trump had previously blasted the Speaker for digging in her heels and refusing to allow his address, claiming that “she doesn’t want to hear the truth. She doesn’t want the American public to hear what’s going on.”
“The State of the Union speech has been cancelled by Nancy Pelosi because she doesn't want to hear the truth. She doesn't want the American public to hear what’s going on… It's in the constitution. We're supposed to be doing it.”—@realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/VE9i6bO0mS
— GOP (@GOP) January 23, 2019
In the earlier parts of the President’s and Pelosi’s standoff, the White House had considered moving the speech to another location, however toward the end, Trump conceded, and backed off on his insistence of giving the address despite the House’s disapproval, claiming “….alternative venue for the SOTU Address because there is no venue that can compete with the history, tradition and importance of the House Chamber.”
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