Rep. Max Rose said it would be "absurd" to have a State of the Union address amid a partial government shutdown.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday urged President Trump to delay his State of the Union address until the shutdown ends, or submit the address in writing, citing "security concerns."

Trump is scheduled to deliver his televised annual address to a Joint Session of Congress on Jan. 29.

On "Outnumbered Overtime" Wednesday, Rose (D-N.Y.) said the state of the union is "we are not open for business."


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"Let’s open this government back up, and then I am more than happy to attend my first State of the Union address. I would be incredibly excited to do so," Rose said. This is absurd, though. We've got to open this government back up.”

He said there is bipartisan support to reopen the government while continuing discussions on border security funding.

"We cannot use shutdowns as a tool of negotiation. We cannot bring our government up to this brink of crisis. This is a national crisis right now," Rose said, adding he would be equally critical of a Democratic president using a government shutdown to advance their agenda.

"This is just wrong!"

Watch the "Outnumbered Overtime" interview above, and see Republican Rep. Brad Wenstrup weigh in on the shutdown and State of the Union address below.


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