Newhouse condemns Pelosi’s refusal to authorize State of the Union address in House chamber

Newhouse condemns Pelosi’s refusal to authorize State of the Union address in House chamber

Rep. Dan Newhouse has released a statement condemning House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s refusal to authorize President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address in the House chamber.

Trump declared his annual State of the Union address “canceled” on Wednesday after Pelosi sent word she would bar him from delivering the speech in the House chamber while parts of the government remain shut down, CNN reports.

In Newhouse’s statement, the Republican lawmaker described the decision as an “unprecedented attempt to impede the President of the United States from performing his constitutional duty.”

Newhouse said that House Democrats began their majority this year by obstructing the president and refusing to negotiate with him or Republicans on funding for border security, and that this move “continues their obstruction.”

He urged the House to override Pelosi’s decision so the address can go on as planned.

Here is the complete statement:

“After inviting President Trump to give the State of the Union address, Speaker Nancy Pelosi backtracked and now refuses to authorize the State of the Union address in the House chamber,” said Rep. Newhouse. “Speaker Pelosi’s reversal is an unprecedented attempt to impede the President of the United States from performing his constitutional duty laid out in Article II to ‘give the Congress information of the State of the Union.’ House Democrats began their majority this year by obstructing the President and refusing to negotiate with him or Republicans on funding border security and reopening the federal government, and this move continues their obstruction. The House of Representatives should override Speaker Pelosi’s obstruction and vote to allow the President’s State of the Union to go on as planned.”

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