Thu Jan 17, 2019 AT 11:11 AM EST
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tried to raise the political stakes on the partial government shutdown Wednesday by telling President Donald Trump to postpone his State of the Union address, arguing that it’s too dangerous to give a speech to a joint session of Congress with the Secret Service working without pay.
Government officials rebutted her claims, saying they are “fully prepared” for the speech as planned Jan. 29 — but the mere fact that Pelosi called for postponing an event two weeks away was a signal that the shutdown may drag on at least that long.
Attempts were made Wednesday to resolve the impasse. Trump met with the congressional Problem Solvers Caucus and another bipartisan group on Capitol Hill. One idea proposed was a weeks-long timeout to reopen the government and try to find a deal on border wall funding.
But key Republicans doubted the timeout idea would gain traction, and there was little sign of substantive progress elsewhere. Read Full Story at The Washington Times