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“The federal government already has a recruitment problem, right?” said one expert. If “you watch this play out for the last 35 days, are you saying to yourself, ‘Sign me up for that?’ Probably not.”
In a letter to President Trump, Pelosi cites security concerns and suggests working together to find another suitable date. Pelosi also gave the president the option to deliver the address in writing.
The president is traveling to a Border Patrol station in Texas, as the partial shutdown enters its 20th day. The trip comes a day after the president walked out on a meeting with Democrats.
The tax collecting agency is one of those affected by the partial government shutdown, but the White House says it will issue refunds, reversing previous government policy.
The meeting in the Situation Room comes as impacts from the partial government shutdown continue to grow across the country, including the closure of the National Zoo and the Smithsonian museums.
Even a partial government shutdown would leave some 800,000 government workers without pay over the holidays, although many would remain on the job.
Former President George W. Bush delivered the main eulogy, saying his father “showed me what it means to be a president who serves with integrity.” The body will be laid to rest in Texas on Thursday.
A special Air Force jet carrying the 41st president’s body landed Monday afternoon. Bush will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol rotunda until Wednesday. Watch the ceremony live.
Officials are still counting ballots from the midterm elections in several states — in part because of the signature verification process. But signatures change over time, especially young people’s.
As the president and Elizabeth Warren trade jabs over her Native American roots, the Cherokee Nation secretary of state tells NPR they should instead be looking into the needs of Indian Country.