State of the Union Scheduled for February 5th

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State of the Union Scheduled for February 5th
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State of the Union Scheduled for February 5th
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President Trump’s State of the Union address has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 5th. The event was originally scheduled for January 29th, but Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi rescinded her invitation until after the government shutdown was ended. The government will remain open until at least February 15th.

The US federal government shutdown began December 22nd, 2018, and last until January 25th, 2019. It was the longest US government shutdown in history. Although the shutdown ended on the 25th, it is expected to begin again on February 15th when current funding expires.

Speaker Pelosi originally invited President Trump to deliver the State of the Union while the government was shutdown, but said last week that she did not expect the shutdown to last so long. It was unclear until today if Pelosi would allow the president to deliver his speech in the Chamber of the US House of Representatives, as some speculated she would wait until a longer term agreement had been reached. President Trump and Pelosi spoke earlier today, and she announced his invitation this afternoon in a letter.

President Trump is expected to discuss his decision to declare a national emergency to build the border wall. The president has stated on numerous occasions that if Democrats are unwilling to compromise to fund the border wall, he will use the office of the presidency to build the wall without congressional approval. The controversial decision is likely to be challenged in the courts, and many expect the government to remain shutdown during that time.

Some Democrats in congress have expressed a willingness to compromise with the president over his requested funding for a border wall. However, Democratic leadership has stated repeatedly that they are unwilling to negotiate any amount of money toward building a border wall. Speaker Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer met with President Trump at the White House in early December, where both Democrats said they would not approve any funding toward a wall.

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