House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Justice Department says Trump's tax returns should be released | Democrats fall short of votes for extending eviction ban House adjourns for recess without passing bill to extend federal eviction ban Photos of the Week: Olympic sabre semi-finals, COVID-19 vigil and a loris MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerAn August ultimatum: No recess until redistricting reform is done Biden to meet with 11 Democratic lawmakers on DACA: report Schumer's moment to transform transit and deepen democracy MORE (N.Y.) will deliver a joint response on Tuesday night to President TrumpDonald TrumpMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine Trump testing czar warns lockdowns may be on table if people don't get vaccinated Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' MORE's prime-time Oval Office address on the border and the partial government shutdown. 

Pelosi and Schumer "will deliver a joint Democratic response to the Presidential Address tonight," Drew Hammill, a spokesman for Pelosi, said in a tweet.

 

 

Trump announced on Monday that he would address the country about the current standoff over funding for his U.S.-Mexico border wall. Democrats quickly demanded that they receive "equal air time" to respond to the president's remarks.

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“Now that the television networks have decided to air the President’s address, which if his past statements are any indication will be full of malice and misinformation, Democrats must immediately be given equal airtime," Schumer and Pelosi said in a joint statement on Monday night.

Trump's speech is expected to begin at 9 p.m. CBS said in a statement to The Hill that the White House informed the network it will last no longer than eight minutes.

Most major broadcast networks have indicated they also plan to carry the Democratic response to Trump's prime-time address.

The dueling speeches come as the partial shutdown, which is impacting roughly a quarter of the government, is in its 18th day. Talks between the administration and congressional Democrats appear stalemated over the border wall, raising the chances that the current funding lapse could break the 21-day shutdown record.

Trump has dug in on his demand for $5 billion for the wall. House Democrats passed a package last week that would fund the Department of Homeland Security through Feb. 8, while funding the rest of the impacted departments and agencies through Sept. 30, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden sets new vaccine mandate as COVID-19 cases surge Democrats warn shrinking Biden's spending plan could backfire Trump takes two punches from GOP MORE (R-Ky.) has said he will not bring a bill to the floor that Trump will not sign.