Many on the left are crediting Pelosi's political acumen and brinksmanship for the move, but the Speaker of the House told reporters this is about safety and security of the leaders of the federal government.
"We would have the President of the United States, the Vice President of the United States, the entire Congress of the United States – the House and Senate – the Supreme Court, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Cabinet of the United States, and the Diplomatic Corps, all in the same room."
"This requires hundreds of people working on the logistics of it. Most of those people are either furloughed or victims of the shutdown."
Speaker Pelosi reiterates potential security concerns of having State of the Union during shutdown.
— Bo Erickson (@BoKnowsNews) January 16, 2019
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