Feds, contractors affected by shutdown to join lawmakers for Union address

About one dozen members of Congress will bring a federal employee or federal contractor impacted by the government shutdown as a guest to the State of the Union, Government Executive reports.

The lawmakers are bringing the guests to remind the president and the nation of why the speech is occurring later than its scheduled date in January; because House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) refused to invite the president while the government was still shut down, according to the report.

The article also includes a list of those lawmakers and their guests, and notes that some lawmakers will use the Feb. 5 address to push Trump’s call for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Reader comments

Tue, Feb 5, 2019

Again Trump is using the State of the Union as a grandstand to push his personal agenda. Let's here about plans for space, highways and bridges, the national debt, and other infrastructure projects

Tue, Feb 5, 2019

Talk about lack-luster grandstanding congressmen and women. Hollywood would be proud!

Tue, Feb 5, 2019 Bob Coates

Wonderful! Hope they practice proper decorum and don't try to make any more of a political statement

Tue, Feb 5, 2019

If the purpose of bringing federal workers to the State of the Union Address is to play political poker again, it's a really sad state of affairs.

Tue, Feb 5, 2019

Congress, senate, and management are all minions and are responsible for the shutdown that damaged both federal employees, contractors and the folks working for a living in service related industries.

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