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SOTU: A brief history
 

Did you know the State of the Union used to be delivered in a thick written report instead of spoken to a joint session of Congress? That minority responses didn’t begin until 1966?

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Pelosi and Trump agree on Feb. 5 for rescheduled State of the Union
Speaker had requested president delay address when government was shut down

President Donald Trump, here giving his 2018 State of the Union Address in the House chamber, will deliver this year’s address on Feb. 5 after he and Speaker Nancy Pelosi agreed to reschedule it when the government was reopened. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Donald Trump have agreed that he will hold his State of the Union address in the House chamber on Feb. 5.

Pelosi sent Trump a letter Monday formally inviting him to deliver the address next Tuesday, which she noted was the date they agreed to in a conversation.

Pelosi on State of the Union showdown: ‘I’m glad we can get that off the table’ 
 

“It is so unimportant in the lives of the American people, especially those who are victims of the shutdown,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi told a room full of reporters Thursday morning.

Trump agrees to initial Pelosi request and delays State of the Union
President tweets that he will deliver address when the shutdown is over

President Donald J. Trump, here in the House chamber during his 2018 State of the Union address, now says he will wait until the government shutdown ends before delivering this year’s speech. (POOL Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

In an odd ending to the drama surrounding the State of the Union, President Donald Trump agreed to Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s initial request and said he will delay delivery of the address until the partial government shutdown is over. 

“I will do the address when the Shutdown is over,” Trump said in a two-part tweet late Wednesday night. “I am not looking for an alternative venue for the SOTU Address because there is no venue that can compete with the history, tradition and importance of the House Chamber.”

Pelosi Invites Trump for State of the Union
California Democrat sends letter to president Thursday evening

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., here Thursday with House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, has invited President Donald Trump to deliver his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Jan. 29. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Nancy Pelosi, hours after being sworn in as speaker Thursday, invited President Donald Trump to give his upcoming State of the Union speech before a joint session of Congress.

“In the spirit of our Constitution, I invite you to deliver your State of the Union address before a Joint Session of Congress on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 in the House Chamber,” the California Democrat wrote in a letter to the president Thursday evening.

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