Published: Fri, January 18, 2019
Money | By Bruce West

Pelosi asks Trump to delay State of the Union speech amid shutdown

Pelosi asks Trump to delay State of the Union speech amid shutdown

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen denied anyone's safety is compromised, saying both agencies "are fully prepared to support and secure the State of the Union".

The shutdown was triggered on December 22 a year ago by a lack of consensus between lawmakers and the US President on the funding for the wall on the border with Mexico which was one of Trump's electoral promises.

Democrats took control of the House after last November's congressional elections.

He says she should stay in Washington to negotiate ways to end the shutdown, which is at a stalemate over federal funding for his desired border wall.

Instead, at her overcrowded weekly press conference it was President Donald Trump that Pelosi excoriated for what she called the "Trump shutdown".

Neither the White House nor politicians' offices immediately responded to a request for details.

White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett acknowledged Tuesday that the White House underestimated the negative impact on the United States' economic growth from the ongoing government shutdown.

During the 19th Century and up until the presidency of Woodrow Wilson, these annual State of the Union messages were delivered to Congress in writing.

"You know when that's going to happen?" Sen.

"I am running out of ideas", said Sen.

Democratic senators huddled on the outdoor steps leading to the Senate in 39-degree (3.9-degree Celsius), windy Washington weather, holding large photographs of constituents furloughed by the shutdown or otherwise affected by it.

"Republican support for the wall is at record high, while Democratic support has reached a new low", the Pew said in a report, reports Xinhua news agency.

- Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn., after a bipartisan group of legislators met with Trump at the White House.

House Democrats have been passing individual spending bills and stopgap funding legislation to try to pressure Senate Republicans into passing bills to reopen the government, if only temporarily, in an effort to jump-start broader negotiations over border security.

A Democrat who signed the letter, Chris Coons, said it would not be sent unless a substantial number of Republicans signed it.

Trump on Wednesday is expected to sign legislation that would ensure 800 000 federal employees will receive back pay when the government reopens.

Roughly 1 million government employees and contractors aren't being paid.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had raised eyebrows among the USA diplomatic corps last week when he proclaimed that morale at the State Department was "good" despite the shutdown and the fact that 40 percent of its employees in the US and almost 23 percent overseas had been furloughed and the rest were working without pay. Pelosi was scheduled to take USA military transportation, which Mr. Trump has the ability to halt, a senior White House official told CBS News.

While the shutdown dragged on, the State Department instructed all US diplomats in Washington and elsewhere to return to work next week with pay, saying it had found money for their salaries at least temporarily. Chris Coons of DE were organizing a bipartisan letter asking Trump to agree to the idea of reopening the government for three weeks to allow time for negotiations on border security.

The wall was a signature campaign promise of his before the 2016 presidential election.

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