The shutdown today: Pelosi, Trump clash over Tuesday speech
What’s up with the partial government shutdown on Day 33:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi served notice that President Donald Trump won’t be allowed to deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday after the president said he planned to be at the House despite Democratic objections.
A strong majority of Americans blame Trump for the record-long government shutdown and reject his primary rationale for a border wall, according to a new poll that shows the turmoil in Washington is dragging his approval rating to its lowest level in more than a year.
Several hundred of the 46,000 furloughed IRS employees recalled to work last week have gotten permission to stay off the job because of financial hardship.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
Trump letter to Pelosi: “It would be so very sad for our Country if the State of the Union were not delivered on time, on schedule, and very importantly, on location!”
Pelosi response to Trump: “Again, I look forward to welcoming you to the House on a mutually agreeable date for this address when government has been opened.”
WHAT’S COMING NEXT
Votes are set in the Senate for Thursday on two competing proposals to end the government shutdown. One is favored by Republicans, and the other is favored by Democrats. Neither appears likely to pass.
WHAT REMAINS CLOSED
Nine of the 15 Cabinet-level departments have not been funded, including Agriculture , Homeland Security, State, Transportation, Interior and Justice. Some iconic National Park facilities are shuttered as are the Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo in Washington. Nearly everyone at NASA is being told to stay home.
WHO IS AT WORK BUT NOT GETTING PAID
Employees of the Transportation Security Administration are among the estimated 460,000 federal employees who have been working without pay. The agency, which has been experiencing far-higher-than-usual unscheduled absences during the shutdown, said Monday that the percentage of its airport screeners missing work hit 10 percent on Sunday — up from 3.1 percent on the comparable Sunday a year ago.
Even so, the agency said it screened 1.78 million passengers Sunday, and only 6.9 percent had to wait 15 minutes or longer to get through security.
For AP’s complete coverage of the U.S. government shutdown: https://apnews.com/GovernmentShutdown