Trump State of the Union

Gritty on the Hill, a Louisiana greeting and tributes to the legendary John Dingell: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Feb. 4, 2019

President Donald Trump wasn’t the only big name to stop by the Capitol this week. Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty graced the Hill with his presence ahead of the congressional hockey game. This week also saw discussions of a tangled-up FAFSA prop, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer struggling with arithmetic and heartfelt tributes to the longest-serving member Rep. John Dingell, who died Thursday.

Thumbnail photo: A lighting crew sets up TV lights in Statuary Hall in preparation for the State of the Union on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call).

As security tightens on Capitol Hill, here’s what you need to know for the State of the Union
Trump set to address lawmakers Tuesday night

The heightened security posture for Tuesday’s State of the Union will impact daily life on Capitol Hill. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The State of the Union address won’t start until prime time Tuesday night, but the logistical impact will be felt much earlier for everyone visiting and working on Capitol Hill.

Months of planning go into security preparations for the event, which are a coordinated effort among the Secret Service, Capitol Police, the Metropolitan Police Department, the U.S. Park Police and more. Security is paramount with so many of the nation’s leaders all in once place, including leaders of all three branches of government and a large swath of the line of presidential succession.

Road closures for Tuesday’s 2019 State of the Union
Here’s what you need to know, and avoid, on the Tuesday night Washington evening commute

All roads leading to and from the Capitol will be closed to vehicles starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in anticipation of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

All roads leading to and from the Capitol will be closed to vehicles starting Tuesday at 7 p.m. in anticipation of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.

Beginning at 5:30 p.m., the roads closest to the Capitol will be restricted to people credentialed to attend the event and authorized pedestrians. Those include:

Pelosi on State of the Union showdown: ‘I’m glad we can get that off the table’ 
 

“It is so unimportant in the lives of the American people, especially those who are victims of the shutdown,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi told a room full of reporters Thursday morning.

What if Trump disagrees with SOTU delay? Pelosi: ‘We'll cross that bridge when we come to it’ 
 

Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday discussed her call to postpone President Donald Trump's State of the Union address until after the shutdown is over. She cited the security considerations that are always in place for the annual address, which consolidates most of the government's power into one room in the Capitol.

Flake Slams Trump For ‘Treason’ Comments
 

GOP Sen. Jeff Flake offered a rebuke of President Donald Trump’s assertion that congressional Democrats are “treasonous” for not applauding during his State of the Union.

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