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A grand Washington ritual became a potential casualty of the partial government shutdown as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked President Donald Trump to postpone his January 29 State of the Union speech.

A bipartisan group of senators plans to send a letter to President Trump saying that if he agrees to reopen the federal government, they would be willing to negotiate border security with the administration.

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday is expected to sign legislation providing 800,000 federal employees with back pay when the partial government shutdown ends, even though a conclusion to the impasse remains no where in sight.

It took President Donald Trump one day to flex his executive power back at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, denying her an aircraft to visit troops overseas in apparent response to her attempt to delay his State of Union address.

One, Rep. Lou Correa (D) of California, "welcomes the opportunity to talk with the President about border security", his spokesman said, "as soon as the government is reopened".

A leaked draft of the letter does not directly mention the more than $5 billion Trump has adamantly demanded a border wall but notes the administration's request for "addressing the humanitarian and security challenges at our nation's southern border".

In a call with reporters, White House Council of Economic Advisers chairman Kevin Hassett said Tuesday the shutdown is reducing economic growth more than predicted.

If Trump opted for the latter, this would be by far the best thing to come out of the shutdown.

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His absence leaves a huge void in attack for Spurs, who are in third in the Premier League, nine points behind leaders Liverpool . Kane is also likely to miss both legs of Tottenham's Champions League last-16 tie against Borussia Dortmund .

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Trump did not immediately respond to the request, and the White House, thrown off guard by the move, didn't immediately offer any official response. Democrats have been largely unified in opposition to the wall, which Trump is insisting on funding as a condition of reopening the government.

"Since the start of modern budgeting in Fiscal Year 1977, a State of the Union address has never been delivered during a government shutdown", Pelosi wrote.

In her letter, Pelosi referenced a dispatch from September from Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen designating the State of the Union address as a "National Special Security Event". Now in its 26 day, Senator Murray has heard from thousands of Washington state residents since the beginning of the shutdown, and has continued sharing their stories about the impacts of the shutdown with her Senate colleagues and on social media to highlight the urgent need to fully reopen the government and provide relief for hundreds of thousands of workers and families, including almost 13,000 Washingtonians.

Officials say the rate of airport screeners missing work during the partial government shutdown has stabilized just days before the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, which is likely to mean bigger airport crowds.

There was no immediate reaction from the White House. We will reschedule this seven-day excursion when the Shutdown is over.

Trump and Republicans in Congress received most of the blame with at least 60 percent of people disapproving of how they've handled the situation, while 53 percent of respondents expressed disapproval for Democrats.

"The President and his team had a constructive meeting with bipartisan members of the problem solvers caucus".

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