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Stacey Abrams to deliver democratic state of the union

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In an unusual move and a nod to the changing face of the Democratic party, former Georgia state Rep. Stacey Abrams will deliver the party’s response to the State of the Union address, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told reporters Tuesday according to the huffington posts. “Three weeks ago I called Stacey Abrams and asked her to deliver a response to the state of the union,” he said.

Abrams confirmed the news on Tuesday afternoon. “At a moment when our nation needs to hear from leaders who can unite for a common purpose, I am honored to be delivering the Democratic State of the Union response,” she tweeted.

The decision to ask Abrams, who doesn’t currently hold office but made history as the first black woman to be a major party nominee for a gubernatorial race last year, is a break from the standard practice of asking a longstanding member of U.S. Congress to deliver the party’s response.

“She is just a great spokesperson,” Schumer said Tuesday. “She’s an incredible leader. She has led the charge for voting rights, which is at the root of just about everything else.” The news was first reported earlier in the day by MSNBC’s Chris Hayes.

Senate rejects plans to end the shutdown

On day 34 of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, the Senate blocked both President Trump’s and Democratic plans to reopen the government as reported by C-SPAN.

  • Lawmakers have no clear path to reopening nine unfunded departments as President Donald Trump demands $5.7 billion for his proposed border wall.
  • Some senators voiced support for a deal to temporarily reopen the government while they find a deal on border security.

In a statement, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said a three-week continuing resolution “would only work if there is a large down payment on the wall.” She did not mention a total. Trump later said he would support a Senate deal if it is a “reasonable agreement.”

Senators voted 52-44 for a Democratic alternative that sought to open padlocked agencies through Feb. 8 with no wall money. That was eight votes short. It was aimed at giving bargainers time to seek an accord while getting paychecks to 800,000 beleaguered government workers who are a day from going unpaid for a second consecutive pay period as reported by Time.

But Thursday afternoon from the White House, Trump addressed the speculation, saying he decided against another venue because that would be “very disrespectful” to the State of the Union and thought Pelosi’s request was “actually reasonable.”

The Conclusion

The country is still under a state of emergency following the government shutdown leaving federal workers in panic as they anxiously await the reopening of the government. Let’s solve this issue by funding the government.

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