The State of the Union is — still up in the air

When to SOTU and when not to SOTU, that is the question. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
When to SOTU and when not to SOTU, that is the question. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Posted January 25, 2019 at 4:06pm

Yes, there is a deal to re-open the parts of the government shutdown since Dec. 22. No, we don’t know when the State of the Union will happen. 

“The State of the Union is not planned,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said.

She reiterated what she said to President Donald Trump in her recent letters, that when the government is open she would discuss with him a mutually agreeable date for the address.

“And I look forward to doing that,” she said.

Her Republican counterpart is ready for it as soon as possible.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said he would like to see the State of the Union go forward on Tuesday, as was initially scheduled, but said he doesn’t know whether there’d be enough time from a security perspective.

“I’d like it to go next Tuesday. I believe it could. If not I’d like it to be the next Tuesday,” he said. “I think it’s important that America sees everybody together and working.”