Posted: 7:36 pm Monday, January 28th, 2019
By Jamie Dupree
With a partial government shutdown over for now, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi invited President Donald Trump to give his 2019 State of the Union Address to a Joint Session of Congress on February 5, a week later than the originally scheduled speech, which was delayed by the Speaker in the midst of a 35 day funding lapse for about one quarter of the federal government.
“It is my great honor to accept,” President Trump wrote in a letter back to the Speaker. “I look forward to seeing you on the 5th.”
The calm exchange of letters came a week after the Speaker refused to pass the necessary resolutions in Congress to allow for a State of the Union Address, as Pelosi told the President he needed to first allow the federal government to fully re-open.
In her letter, the Speaker also indicated that the two had spoken on Monday, something that had not been happening during much of the partial shutdown.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 28, 2019
Letter from President Donald J. Trump to the Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi pic.twitter.com/uAbcaupMNA
— White House Photos (@photowhitehouse) January 28, 2019
The agreement on a State of the Union Address came as the Congressional Budget Office said the partial shutdown – the longest ever for the federal government – would definitely have a negative economic impact.
“Although most of the real GDP lost during the fourth quarter of 2018 and the first quarter of 2019 will eventually be recovered, CBO estimates that about $3 billion will not be,” the CBO wrote in a new report issued on Monday.
While the White House disputed the CBO’s economic assertion, Democrats grabbed on to it.
“Not only did the #TrumpShutdown inflict needless pain on 800,000 federal workers, it also dealt an irreparable blow to the nation’s economy,” tweeted Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA).
“These are the economic consequences of shuttering the government for 35 days, and we cannot let the President do it again,” said Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE).
According to a new nonpartisan report, as a result of the senseless government shutdown:
– The economy lost $11 billion ($3 billion that won't be recovered)
– An untold number of businesses lost revenue
We cannot afford another shutdown.
— Sen. Maggie Hassan (@SenatorHassan) January 28, 2019
“This should never happen again because of a policy difference,” said Rep. Donna Shalala (D-FL).
The timing of the President’s speech on February 5 – 10 days before the next funding deadline of February 15 – will give Mr. Trump the chance to set out his goals for a border funding deal, as official House-Senate negotiations are set to begin on Wednesday.