For months, now, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), has been dogging President Trump at every opportunity, in lock-step with her rather long history of showboatmanship instead of doing the job of an elected member of Congress. Her most recent fiasco began when she tried to evade her responsibilities in tradition as Speaker of the House, hosting the annual State of the Union address, by manipulatively tying it to a reopening of the government…
...while continuing to reject a $6 billion one-time cost for the wall that will largely mitigate the $660 billion annual cost of undocumented aliens.
Talk about “penny-wise, pound foolish!” Here’s how this is unfolding:
January 3, 2019: Pelosi extended the invitation for President Trump to deliver his State of the Union address in the House chambers.
January 16, 2019: Pelosi said she and Trump “should work together to find a mutually agreeable date when government has re-opened.” Then, she tried to fly away on a supposed “tour of our troops in Afghanistan” that actually turned out to be a some 60-person (mostly family members) vacationing on the government’s dime in Brussels Belgium, Cairo Egypt, with a side-trip to Afghanistan to “SOMEHOW” justify the immense cost to the taxpayer. Naturally, this would take her completely out of the country for the rest of the month.
January 17, 2019: President Trump postponed her vacation to “Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan” until after “the Shutdown is over.”
January 23, 2019: Pelosi renegs on her January 3, 2019 invitation by claiming “the House will not consider a concurrent resolution authorizing the President’s State of the Union Address in the House Chamber until government has reopened.
Let’s get something straight, here: President Trump does not require House “authorization” in order to deliver his State of the Union. In fact, let’s go back to that mother of all documents, “the supreme Law of the Land,” our U.S. Constitution, to see what it actually DOES say about the State of the Union address:
Article II, Section 3: “He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient…”
Our Constitution doesn’t say when, where, or how a president shall give Congress Information. It just says that he “shall give information” and “from time to time.” If President Trumped jotted down ideas on the back of a napkin and made photocopies sent to all members of Congress, he would be in strict compliance with the law. For that matter, he could simply invite the press into the Oval Office and deliver his speech, resolutely, from behind the Resolute Desk.
No House Chamber is even specified, much less required!
It continues: “…he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper “
Hmm… Does this mean a U.S. President has the authority to convene both the House of Representatives as well as the Senate, without any approval WHATSOEVER from Rep Pelosi, in the House Chamber, should he consider the crisis at our Southern Border to be an “extraordinary Occasion?”
YES. IT DOES.
In the news…
“Pelosi made clear that Trump is not welcome to address a joint session of Congress until the shutdown is over.”
NOT YOUR CALL, Pelosi. READ THE CONSTITUTION.
“I will be honoring your invitation, and fulfilling my Constitutional duty, to deliver important information to the people and Congress of the United States of America regarding the State of our Union,” Trump wrote in a letter to Pelosi on Wednesday afternoon.
BINGO. THAT’S HIS CALL, Pelosi. READ THE CONSTITUTION.
And yet again more news: “As a matter of congressional protocol, both the House and Senate must pass a concurrent resolution authorizing the president to deliver an address from the House chamber, though neither chamber has acted yet and no votes on such measures are planned this week.”
To this, I say, “As a matter of Article II, Section three, both the House and the Senate MUST convene whenever the President, upon his own authority, considers it appropriate to do so.”