House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent President Donald Trump a rejection letter to hold his State of the Union on January 29th. In the letter, Pelosi said she hoped the President would re-open government and at that time will agree to a date to let the President speak in the House chamber.
Government remains closed because of an impasse between Democrats who control the House and budget and the White House who wants $5 billion to fund a border wall. Democrats remain committed to opposing a border wall between Mexico and the United States as millions of illegal aliens freely enter the country.
Last week on Fox and Friends, Senator Rand Paul said Speaker Pelosi's cancellation of the State of the Union speech is "a real affront to the American people" and urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to invite Trump to the Senate instead.
"This would be the first time in history that the House would deny the president a forum of speaking,” the Kentucky Republican said. "If she is going to do that, let's hold it in the Senate."
Previous Presidents have given speeches to Congress in February. The Constitution does not require a time or place for the State of The Union.
Read Speaker Nancy Pelosi's letter to President Trump:
Dear Mr. President:
When I extended an invitation on January 3rd for you to deliver the State of the Union address, it was on the mutually agreed upon date, January 29th. At that time, there was no thought that the government would still be shut down.
In my further correspondence of January 16th, I saw we should work together to find a mutually agreeable date when government has re-opened and I hope that we can still do that.
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 reopened.
Again, I look forward to welcoming you to the House on a mutually agreeable date for this address when government has opened.
Speaker of the House
Clinton Gillespie is editor