Juan Williams and the panel on "The Five" reacted to news that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will not allow President Trump to address Congress at a State of the Union address until the government is fully reopened.

Pelosi and Trump sent dueling letters over the past few weeks, with Pelosi initially extending an invitation at the beginning of the year.

Since then, there has been a stalemate as government workers including the U.S. Coast Guard go unpaid or are furloughed and Department of the Interior properties like National Parks remain shuttered or open without services.

"Clearly what's going on here is that the government is not functioning," Williams said.

He lamented the 800,000 people not being paid, and said numerous Internal Revenue Service agents are requesting "passes" to get side jobs to pay their bills.


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"I'm sad that our country is in this place," Williams said.

Jedediah Bila said that Pelosi was being overtly "spiteful" to Trump, who has not relinquished his demand for increased border security in exchange for an end to the partial shutdown.

Trump said in remarks from the White House Wednesday that he is considering alternative plans for a national address, after the California Democrat barred him from speaking in the well of the House.

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