Pelosi: The State of the Union Still Isn't Happening

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Posted: Jan 25, 2019 4:05 PM
Pelosi: The State of the Union Still Isn't Happening

Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill Friday afternoon, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the original date for President Trump's State of the Union Address, January 29, is still off the table. 

Pelosi said she will speak with President Trump once the government is open and negotiate with him over a "mutually agreed upon" date for him to come to the House Chamber. 

Earlier this week, Pelosi officially uninvited President Trump to give the speech. 

"I am writing to inform you the House of Representatives will not consider a concurrent resolution authorizing the President's State of the Union address in the House Chamber until government has opened," Pelosi wrote. "I look forward to welcoming you to the House on a mutually agreeable date for this address when government has opened."

It is unclear whether that "mutually agreed upon" date will be before February 15, when a three week continuing resolution expires.

Shortly before Pelosi's remarks, President Trump announced a deal to reopen the government from the Rose Garden that does not include funding for a border wall. He said if Republicans and Democrats can't come to an agreement on border security, which includes a barrier, the government will shutdown again and he will declare a national emergency.

"If we make a fair deal the American people will be proud of their government," Trump said. "If we don't get a fair deal from Congress the government will shut down again or I will use the powers afforded to me under the laws and afforded to me under the Constitution of the United States to address this emergency."