WASHINGTON – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tweeted Wednesday that she sent a letter to President Donald Trump asking that the State of the Union Address be postponed until the government is reopened.
Today, I wrote to @realDonaldTrump recommending that we delay the State of the Union until after government re-opens, as the @SecretService, the lead federal agency for #SOTU security, faces its 26th day without funding. https://t.co/K2oL8WGvqo pic.twitter.com/g3fIlxDbbK
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 16, 2019
In the letter Pelosi (D-Calif.) asked for the delay due to security concerns.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is one of nine executive departments that has gone without funding since midnight on Dec. 22, 2018.
DHS houses the United States Secret Service (USSS). The agency is tasked with protecting the president, vice president, members of their families, visiting dignitaries as well as other select government officials.
Earlier this month Pelosi invited Trump to deliver the State of the Union Address on Jan. 29.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
CNN first reported the letter.
Article II, Section 3, Clause 1 of the U.S. Constitution states: “The President “shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.”