Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi stated on Wednesday that she believes President Trump should postpone the State of the Union address until the government shutdown is brought to an end.
Oh, she also graciously gave him the option of submitting the address in writing. How thoughtful, right?
“On January 3rd, it was my privilege as Speaker to invite you to deliver the State of the Union address on January 29. The Constitution calls for the President ‘from time to time give the Congress Information of the State of the Union,” Pelosi wrote, but noted that “since the start of modern budgeting in Fiscal Year 1977, a State of the Union address has never been delivered during a government shutdown.”
She concluded: “Sadly, given the security concerns and unless the government re-opens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to Congress on January 29.”
Pelosi detailed the need for proper security at events such as the State of the Union, citing comments made by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen who recognized the “need for the full resources of the Federal Government to be brought to bear” to “ensure the security of these events.”
“The U.S. Secret Service was designated as the lead federal agency responsible for coordinating, planning, exercising, and implementing security for National Special Security Events…” Pelosi wrote. “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.”
Now, to be fair, the SOTU has not always been delivered in person. In fact, Thomas Jefferson was the first to start submitting the speech in writing. It was not until President Woodrow Wilson that the speech once again was delivered in person.
Isn’t it ironic that Pelosi is so concerned with a lack of security due to the shutdown? We the people are also worried about a lack of security, which is why we want a border wall to help keep illegal immigrants, many of whom are dangerous criminals, from gaining access to our nation.
Also, if this is really her main concern with the SOTU, she can always agree to the $5 billion needed to build the wall. The government will then open up and everything will go back to normal. It’s really that simple.
Source: Fox News