Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Wednesday she will block President Trump from delivering the State of the Union address in the House chamber until the government reopens, rejecting the president’s demand to deliver the speech on Jan. 29.
In a letter to Trump, Pelosi said she would not move forward with the legislative steps needed for the address to take place.
“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 opened,” she wrote.
Pelosi’s move comes just hours after Trump informed her in a letter that he would move ahead and deliver the address at the Capitol on that date, essentially daring the Speaker to scrap his plans.
“I’m not surprised,” Trump said when asked by reporters at the White House about Pelosi’s letter. “It’s really a shame what’s happening with the Democrats. They’ve become radicalized.”
Democrats quickly began lining up in support of Pelosi’s decision.
Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) predicted the Speaker will have plenty of backing within the liberal-leaning Caucus if she holds the line — as long as the government remains closed.
“We are a separate but co-equal branch of government. We are not an extension of the executive office,” he said. “And I would hope Mr. Trump doesn’t test that constitutional principle.”
H/T The Hill