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 CramerThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump pushes Mexico for 'significantly more' as tariffs loom The Hill's Morning Report — Trump pushes Mexico for 'significantly more' as tariffs loom Overnight Health Care: Liberals rip Democratic leaders for writing drug pricing bill in secret | Dems demand answers from company that shelters migrant kids | Measles cases top 1,000 MORE (R-N.D.), a top ally of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump tweets ICE will begin removing 'millions' of undocumented migrants MORE’s, told reporters on Wednesday.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCalifornia Democrat in swing district calls for Trump impeachment inquiry California Democrat in swing district calls for Trump impeachment inquiry Overnight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments 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 RoundsHouse panel advances bill to create cybersecurity standards for government IT devices House panel advances bill to create cybersecurity standards for government IT devices The Hill's Morning Report - Trump, Biden go toe-to-toe in Iowa 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 SandersTrump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' Trump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' 2020 Democrats look to cut into Biden's lead with black voters MORE (I-Vt.) and Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinProposed bipartisan kidney legislation takes on kidney disease epidemic in America Lawmakers raise security concerns about China building NYC subway cars House votes to boost retirement savings 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