President Donald Trump despite House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s protestations that he delay the State of the Union address until the government shutdown is resolved appears to be going forward.
The speech is scheduled for next Tuesday Jan. 29 to be given at The Capitol.
Now according to my reading of the House rules, Pelosi must convene a joint session of Congress in order for the President to come into the chamber to deliver the speech.
What would stop Pelosi from calling for a joint session is the main question.
I do not think politically she can bar the President from entering the chamber. That would be too damaging for the Democrats and give the White House the high road by telling the American people that the Dems locked me out of the Capitol.
But we could see some type of national emergency tied to the shutdown as some have posited for canceling the speech.
The cause for a delay in the speech could range from a nationwide food poisoning due to FDA inspectors not being on the job to a state funeral for Ruth Bader Ginsburg and everything in between.
It’s reported that the Trump administration is working on two speeches. One to be given in front of Congress and the other to be held at a rally somewhere outside of Washington.
Will this resolve itself this week with Congress voting on bills to reopen government, I don’t believe that will happen. I think the Senate will stand with the President, just as the House stood with Pelosi in nixing a continuing resolution vote last week where only six House Democrats voted to fund government employee checks through Feb. 26.
The tweet below by Texas Republican Dan Crenshaw has all the details in the House link.
So the drama will play out through the week, but rest assured the Trump administration will not go quietly into the night on Tuesday Jan. 29.
Adding the letter President Trump sent to Speaker Pelosi on Wednesday afternoon calling her bluff on security concerns.
And just as soon as Speaker Pelosi received President Trump’s letter on Wednesday afternoon she fired off this missive:
“I am writing to inform you that 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.”
I believe the President should give this speech to supporters in front of the wall in Arizona to demonstrate to the American people what he wants to accomplish.
Feel free to invite the Democratic leadership.