Sen. Paul: 'Affront' for Pelosi to Demand SOTU Delay

Anna Jefferson
January 18, 2019

"Since the start of modern budgeting in Fiscal Year 1977, a State of the Union address has never been delivered during a government shutdown", Pelosi wrote. Let's see where the people who are not running for president in 2020 really are on this issue.

Twenty-six days into a government shutdown, he is still firm. Administration officials sought to project confidence, even as Trump's economists indicated the shutdown was having a greater impact than previously predicted.

"We know that a border wall system works", a Customs and Border Patrol official told reporters at a briefing Wednesday, his wording suggesting that a wall would not work by itself.

Trump stayed quiet on the request throughout the day. During the shutdown, Trump has routinely blamed them for the stalemate, although he had earlier said he would take responsibility.

"It is absolutely disgusting that the majority leader of the United States Senate has now ceded his authority to the president of the United States of America to conduct business in the United States Senate", Butterfield said.

"If Mrs. Pelosi refuses to allow the president to deliver the State of the Union in the House, I propose we move it to the Senate and make it happen!"

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The Interfax news agency later carried the Foreign Ministry's statement saying that Whelan's brother isn't in the Russian capital. Whelan holds citizenship from U.S., Britain, Ireland and Canada, and Lavrov said Russian Federation will allow consular visits.

On Tuesday, the White House had invited rank-and-file lawmakers to lunch with Trump at the White House as part of a strategy to build support from centrist Democrats and newly elected freshmen, including those from areas where the president is popular with voters.

As of Pew's most recent survey, 82 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning respondents supported Trump's barrier proposal, up 10 percent over the past year, while the number of Democrats and Democratic leaners who support funding a new physical barrier has decreased from 13 percent to 6 percent.

The bottom line: We're running out of ways to say there's no real progress toward ending a shutdown. Cardin said in a tweet prior to the bill being signed.

On Wednesday, Trump signed legislation into law affirming that the roughly 800,000 federal workers who have been going without pay will ultimately be compensated for their lost wages. That was the practice in the past.

When journalists caught up with Pelosi on Capitol Hill, she explained that the State of the Union usually requires massive security arrangements that might not be fulfilled if Trump tries to give the speech while so many organizers and federal workers are still furloughed. Mr. Trump said Pelosi could still use commercial transportation for the trip.

Minnesota Democratic Rep. Dean Phillips said Wednesday that the fact that lawmakers of both parties were sitting down and talking with Trump was progress in itself.

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She has also warned fellow Conservatives not to let the opposition Labour Party seize control of Brexit. A second referendum , however, has been opposed by both May and main opposition leader Corbyn.

The legislation was a moment of rare bipartisan agreement between Trump and the new Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, which has refused to comply with the White House's request for more than $5 billion in funding for construction of a border wall in any bill to reopen the government.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who has been working on bipartisan strategies, declared glumly: "I am running out of ideas".

The absolutist position of both Democratic lawmakers and Trump has many of his senior advisers anxious about economic ramifications.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it was recalling about 2,500 furloughed Farm Service Administration employees to assist farmers with existing loans and ensure the agency meets a deadline for providing tax documents. Lawmakers talked about the shutdown's effect on their constituents and advocated for "border security".

Trump insists that building a wall is the only solution to protect the nation from a large flow of illegal immigrants and drug smuggling.

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Several administration officials asked the interpreter what had been discussed . The U.S. president has said the Mueller investigation is "a witch hunt".

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