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Congressman Mo Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Alabama

Brooks and Colleagues Propose State of the Union in Senate Chamber

January 17, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC— Thursday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) and House colleagues will send a letter to President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell proposing the President’s annual State of the Union address be held in the Senate Chamber in light of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s unprecedented and hyper-partisan, first-time-in-history move to revoke the President’s invitation to address the American people in his annual State of the Union address.[1]

Click HERE to download Congressman Brooks’ letter.

Congressman Brooks said, “Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s unprecedented and hyper-partisan move to revoke President Trump’s invitation to address the American people at the annual State of the Union address is nothing more than a childish, partisan, political stunt that undermines bipartisanship at a time America needs it the most. It is the height of hutzpah for Speaker Pelosi to feign concern for the President’s personal security during the State of the Union Address while callously showing no concern for the thousands of Americans who die each year because of illegal aliens and America’s porous southern border. Speaker Pelosi’s conduct is nothing more than a radical, hyper-partisan and shameless attempt to appease the Democrat Party’s Socialist base and childishly embarrass the President of the United States.”

Brooks continued, “Speaker Pelosi’s attempt to muffle President Trump and appease her radical, socialist, open borders base using the false claim of security concerns is shameful. Yesterday, Speaker Pelosi’s ‘questionable security’ claim was blown out of the water by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who stated yesterday ‘The Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. 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.’[2] What’s more, Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats not only never contacted Homeland Security or the Secret Service about this “red herring” security issue, both security agencies confirm they have been preparing for months and are ‘ready’ to secure the event.”[4]

Brooks continued, “Perhaps even more absurd is Speaker Pelosi’s claim that President Trump should not address the Congress because of the shutdown even though the State of the Union invitation was issued by Speaker Pelosi to President Trump on January 3rd during the shutdown. Speaker Pelosi’s revocation justification rings hollow and crystallizes the crass political motivations behind this hyper-partisan stunt.”

Brooks continued, “America faces both a crisis at our porous southern border and a federal government partial shutdown that is hurting millions of American citizens. Contrary to Speaker Pelosi’s claims, now is exactly when American people should hear from their President of the United States on these critical issues, and others, in the state of our nation. What is Speaker Pelosi so scared about what President Trump might say? Is Speaker Pelosi fearful of the truth about the dead Americans who lose their lives every day because of Democrat policies that aid and abet illegal alien homicides and overdoses from drugs that leak into America like a sieve across our porous southern border? Does Speaker Pelosi fear that true facts and sound arguments for border security will expose the Democrats’ and national media’s hyper-political rhetoric, outright lies and deceit?”

Brooks concluded, “I most strongly encourage Vice-President Mike Pence, in his Constitutional capacity as the presiding officer of the Senate, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, to invite President Trump to report to the American people on the state of the union in the Senate Chamber. While traditionally these addresses have been held in the House Chamber due to its larger size, inasmuch as House Democrats apparently do not want to hear from the President anyway, overcrowding of the Senate chamber should not be an issue. I urge President Trump, Vice-President Pence (as President of the Senate), and Leader McConnell to maintain January 29, 2019 as the date on which President Trump can address the American people from the Senate Chamber, thus putting President Trump with our first president, George Washington, who also gave his first State of the Union address in the Capitol’s Senate Chamber.”[4]

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[1]  While Speaker Pelosi now claims that she did not in fact cancel the State of the Union address, the Democrats’ second in command in the House of Representatives, Steny Hoyer, eliminated any doubt about Democrats’ motivations when he stated on CNN that the “The state of the union is off,” , thus fully revealing the true intent of Speaker Pelosi and Democrats.  No amount of subsequent Democrat backtracking should obfuscate the true intent of Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats.  https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-shutdown-hoyer/state-of-the-union-address-is-off-no-2-house-democrat-hoyer-idUSKCN1PA2DT

[2] https://twitter.com/SecNielsen/status/1085619181477904385

[3] https://www.foxnews.com/politics/pelosi-urges-trump-to-delay-state-of-the-union-until-partial-shutdown-ends

[4] https://history.house.gov/Historical-Highlights/1700s/President-George-Washington-delivered-his-first-regular-Annual-Message-to-a-Joint-Session-of-Congress/