GOP senators would support postponing State of the Union

Several GOP senators would support postponing the State of the Union address set for January 29 if the government has not been fully reopened.

“It's appropriate to not necessarily overburden furloughed workers – if it's not necessary because we can reschedule it and I hope we would,” Sen. Kevin CramerKevin John CramerPrimary challenges show potential cracks in Trump's GOP Castro, Steyer join pledge opposing the Keystone XL pipeline EPA proposes rolling back states' authority over pipeline projects MORE (R-N.D.), a top ally of President TrumpDonald John TrumpJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency White House fires DHS general counsel: report Trump to cap California trip with visit to the border MORE’s, told reporters on Wednesday.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi: Democrats will 'certainly' beat Trump in 2020 Kavanaugh impeachment push hits Capitol buzz saw Lewandowski, Democrats tangle at testy hearing MORE (D-Calif.) sent a letter to the White House on Wednesday asking that Trump either postpone the address or give it in writing given the shutdown. She cited security concerns, noting the Department of Homeland Security is covered by the shutdown, as is the Secret Service.

Secret Service agents and many Homeland Security officials are working without pay during the shutdown.

“Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to the Congress on January 29th,” Pelosi wrote.

Cramer shot down the idea of President Trump submitting a written speech.

“It's very important that he deliver the speech as a speech and not as a script of some sort,” he said.

Fellow GOP Senator Mike RoundsMarion (Mike) Michael Rounds'Mike Pounce' trends on Twitter after Trump slip at GOP retreat Conservatives offer stark warning to Trump, GOP on background checks Trump officials vow to reform Fannie, Freddie if Congress doesn't act MORE (S.D.) echoed Cramer’s sentiments.

“I'm hoping that we have the shutdown out of the way before then,” Rounds told Hill.TV.

He acknowledged that Pelosi “has the prerogative” to recommend a postponement.

“The president would probably recognize that she can make that request, I would prefer then, that if that is the case, that he delay it but he give it in person rather than trying to do a written report,” he said.

Liberal senators including Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency 2020 candidates keep fitness on track while on the trail Mark Mellman: The most important moment in history? MORE (I-Vt.) and Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinCongress passes bill to begin scenic byways renaissance GOP lawmaker: 'Dangerous' abuse of Interpol by Russia, China, Venezuela Senators pressure Trump to help end humanitarian crisis in Kashmir MORE (D-Md.) agree with Pelosi that a postponement is appropriate.

Sanders, a potential 2020 presidential contender, told Hill.TV that the shutdown should be ended before a State of the Union address.

Cardin also said the “number one priority” should be opening the government.

—Molly K. Hooper