This is the longest shutdown in US history
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, railing on Speaker Nancy Pelosi, said President Trump should still deliver his State of the Union address on Jan. 29 before Congress.
“To change course like that shows she’s playing politics,” McCarthy said. “To change course is just unbecoming of the speaker.”
McCarthy, fired up, said: “He should come here, give the speech,” telling Pelosi to “act like a speaker.”
“It is not a security issue — that’s politics. It’s pure politics.”
Asked if Trump should still come to the House chamber on Jan. 29 even if Pelosi rescinds the invite, McCarthy said, “Yes, absolutely. That was the invitation."
CORRECTION: A previous headline contained an incorrect title for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
White House officials are privately lobbying senators to not sign a bipartisan letter calling on President Trump to reopen the government for three weeks while immigration talks take shape, two sources said.
The legislative affairs office is running this effort, the sources said.
About that letter: A draft letter is being circulated from Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and Chris Coons that would seek to get the President to reopen the government with a three-week continuing resolution while the Senate debates a way forward on the President’s budget request for border security.
The letter is just a draft at this point, but is being circulated. We do not know who will sign it, and we do not know when it will be sent.
Republican Senator John Kennedy called Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s request to move the date of the State of the Union address a “tactic” that is “making things worse.”
Kennedy suggested that President Trump should speak before the Senate instead if he is unwelcome in the House.
“I think the President ought to go ahead and give the State of the Union as normal,” Kennedy said. “He can come to the Senate if Mrs. Pelosi doesn’t want him to come to the House. I just think that sort of tactic is making things worse.”
Typically, the State of the Union is given before a joint session of Congress with both senators and representatives in attendance, although the Speaker of the House is the one that invites the president to speak.
He said the real problem with the shutdown negotiations is that too many people in DC are “drunk on certainty and virtue.”
Kennedy said he spoke to the President about the shutdown for nearly two hours while on Air Force One on Monday and left with the impression that Trump is dug in.
“He is a carnivore — and on this one he believes he is right," he said.
A meeting between a group of bipartisan lawmakers, President Trump and his team was "constructive," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said.
Trump met with members of the House's Problem Solvers Caucus at the White House today to discuss the shutdown.
"They listened to one another and now both have a good understanding of what the other wants," Sanders said. "We look forward to more conversations like this."
A key point to remember: This isn't a group that can make a deal — they aren't large enough and they aren't empowered by leadership to do anything.
JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon called the government shutdown a "self-inflicted wound" that is a "negative" for the economy.
"You can't have a democracy where you refuse to compromise," Dimon said while speaking at a Manhattan luncheon hosted by the Economic Club of New York.
Dimon added that he hopes “there’s a deal to be done.” He advocated giving President Trump money for border security. In exchange, the Democrats should ask for progress on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program or other immigration policies.
What Trump officials have said about economy: White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett acknowledged Tuesday that the White House underestimated the negative impact on the United States' economic growth from the ongoing government shutdown.
He told Fox Business Network the White House "found that actually the damage is a little bit worse because of government contractors, something that was excluded from our first analysis."
Hassett added that diminished spending by furloughed employees will be made up once they receive back pay after the shutdown ends, alleviating some of the damage.
Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowksi, Susan Collins and Rob Portman just met in Collins’ office to talk about the partial government shutdown.
Collins of Maine and Murkowksi of Alaska called on President Trump to agree temporarily to reopen government.
“Shutting down government is not the way to achieve” border security goal, Collins said.
Where things stand: It's the 26th day of the government shutdown, and lawmakers have yet to reach a deal. A small group of bipartisan lawmakers are expected to meet with Trump at the White House today to discuss the shutdown.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said the State of the Union, scheduled for Jan. 29, is "off" so long as the government is shut down.
Earlier today, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi wrote a letter to President Trump, asking him and the White House to work with her on finding a new date for the speech.
“The speaker is the one who invites the President to speak at the joint session, and she has said as long as government is shut down, we’re not going to be doing business as usual," Hoyer told CNN.
“The State of the Union is off," he said.
Remember: It’s the House speaker's prerogative to invite the President to give the State of the Union. While there’s no precedent for it (that we're aware of), if Pelosi decides the President shouldn’t go to the Capitol to speak on Jan. 29, the President will not go on Jan. 29
In order to green light the State of the Union, both the House and the Senate have to pass resolutions. Neither have done so yet — and Pelosi controls whether the House passes one at all.
Later, Hoyer's office backtracked on the congressman's comments. His spokesperson Mariel Saez told CNN in a statement that “Mr. Hoyer had not read speaker Pelosi’s letter and mischaracterized it.”
Watch the moment:
1:21 p.m. ET: This post was updated with a statement from Hoyer's spokesperson.
Bipartisan lawmakers from the House Problem Solvers Caucus are heading to the White House today to discuss the shutdown.
The Democrats in that group are...
- Rep. Josh Gottheimer
- Rep. Thomas Suozzi
- Rep. Vincente Gonzalez
- Rep. Anthony Brindisi
- Rep. Dean Phillips
- Rep. Max Rose
- Rep. Abigail Spanberger
The group released this statement ahead of the meeting:
"Over the last weeks, we have been listening to our constituents and speaking with our fellow Members of Congress — in both parties and in both chambers. There is strong agreement across the aisle and around the country: We must reopen the government. Our security, safety, and economy have been compromised, and millions of families are suffering.
There is also strong agreement that if we reopen the government, the possibility exists to work together and find common ground to tackle some of our country’s toughest problems and fix them. But that conversation can only begin in earnest once the government is reopened. We accepted the White House’s invitation to meet today to convey that message."
Keep in mind: This isn't a group that can make a deal — they aren't large enough and they aren't empowered by leadership to do, well, anything. So it's a meeting. And that's about it.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi this morning asked that the White House work with her on finding a new date for Trump's State of the Union address, but make no mistake: This is up to her.
It’s the House speaker's prerogative to invite the President to give the State of the Union. While there’s no precedent for it (that we're aware of), if Pelosi decides the President shouldn’t go to the Capitol to speak on Jan. 29, the President will not go on Jan. 29
Keep in mind, in order to green light the State of the Union, both the House and the Senate have to pass resolutions. Neither have done so yet — and Pelosi controls whether the House passes one at all.
That said, at least one congressional Republican has called Pelosi's date-change request "far-fetched."
“I don’t know how they do that. I can’t imagine telling the President of United States — one, they are not negotiating with him on the shutdown and two, now they are going to tell him he can’t come to the Capitol to them," GOP Sen. John Thune said.
He continued: "That seems pretty far-fetched. I don't think that’s going to go over very well with the American people.”