ON THE HILL WITH DOUG CHRISTIAN
CAPITOL HILL – As we enter day 27 of the longest government shutdown, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) writes President Donald Trump notifying him that she rescinds her invitation for him to speak to the nation from the floor of the House of Representatives for the annual State of the Union. Speaker Pelosi claims that furloughed security personnel are stressed and cannot provide adequate protection in the Capitol building when almost the entire government is present for the annual address.
The Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, counters Pelosi’s claim in a tweet:
“The Department of Homeland Security and the US Secret Service are fully prepared to support and secure the State of the Union. We thank the Service for their mission focus and dedication and for all they do each day to secure our homeland.”
The Department of Homeland Security and the US Secret Service are fully prepared to support and secure the State of the Union. We thank the Service for their mission focus and dedication and for all they do each day to secure our homeland.
— Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen (@SecNielsen) January 16, 2019
Meanwhile, New York freshman Congresswoman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) took to social media highlighting the intransigence of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his unwillingness to bring any temporary funding bill passed by the House to the Senate floor for a vote.
In this segment, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez searches for the Majority Leader in the Capitol Building:
(Audio: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez asks “Where’s Mitch?”)
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) January 17, 2019
Later in her first House floor speech, Ocasio-Cortez delivered a rebuke of President Trump over the ongoing partial government shutdown, saying:
“It is actually not about a wall, it is not about the border, and it is certainly not about the well-being of everyday Americans,” the congresswoman said. “The truth is, this shutdown is about the erosion of American democracy and the subversion of our most basic governmental norms.”
”It is not normal to hold 800,000 workers’ paychecks hostage. It is not normal to shut down the government when we don’t get what we want,” she continued. “And it is certainly not normal to starve the people we serve for a proposal that is wildly unpopular among the American people.”
Doug Christian, Capitol Hill