33 days. As of Wednesday, January 23rd, this is how long the 2018-2019 government shutdown has lasted, making it the longest government shutdown in history. The second longest shutdown prior to Trump’s presidency only lasted 21 days, according to Business Insider.
The recent shutdown came as a result of Democrats and Republicans failing to reach consensus on issues surrounding border security. President Donald Trump has remained persistent in receiving funding for the border wall. Recently, Trump even tried to compromise by proposing extended protection for DACA recipients and other immigrants in exchange for funding. However, liberals have refused to meet somewhere in the middle.
Despite the shutdown, Trump insisted that he would still deliver his upcoming State of the Union address on January 29th even though Nancy Pelosi suggested another date after the shutdown ends. Trump stood firm in accepting the SOTU invitation in a letter addressed to Pelosi early Wednesday morning, January 23rd.
Shortly after Trump confirmed his attendance, Pelosi went after the President in another letter. In her response, Pelosi said the House of Representatives would not authorize the SOTU until the government has re-opened.
“Dear Mr. President...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 opened,” Pelosi wrote in the letter addressed to President Trump.
“Again, I look forward to welcoming you to the House on a mutually agreeable date for the address when government has re-opened,” said the Speaker of the House.
Read Pelosi’s full letter below:
President Trump had the best response! According to media reports, he replied, “I'm not surprised. It's really a shame what's happening with the Democrats. They've become radicalized."
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