Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said she planned to travel to Afghanistan and Brussels to thank service members and obtain briefings on national security and intelligence "from those on the front lines". Dozens of federal employees and their representatives as well as activists gathered here on Tuesday to protest against the ongoing partial government shutdown, which is now the longest government closure in US history.
The last USA president to deliver a State of the Union address in writing was Jimmy Carter in 1981, though a written message conveyed to Congress was the historical norm in an era before broadcast radio or television.
With the focus of this debate being on the wall itself, the current condition of the border is an important part of that debate.
Florida's Republican leaders in Washington don't have the power to end a government shutdown on their own, but Scott and Sen.
"They're a little short on the R side", said Sen.
However, if White's sources are correct, then reports like these probably aren't going to change the president's commitment to exercising his veto power to twist the arms of Democrats into allocating him his desired $5.7 billion in border wall funding - which, politics aside, is a drop in the bucket of federal spending.
Behind the scenes, though, the administration - and its allies on Capitol Hill - are warily eyeing the next payday, hoping to reach a resolution before next week's Tuesday deadline, when they'll need to prepare the next round of paychecks for workers who have been seeing zeros on their pay slips. "We look forward to more conversations like this", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.
White House adviser Stephen Miller and other White House speechwriters have been working on the President's State of the Union address for weeks. "So when you say we aren't negotiating, we are negotiating".
Polls this month show more Americans blaming Trump than Democrats for the shutdown, a comfort to Democrats and a concern for a growing number of Senate Republicans including some seeking re-election in 2020 from swing states like Colorado and Maine.
Wisconsin Republican senator Ron Johnson said the matter was less about security than about Ms Pelosi feeling she had the upper hand in the budget standoff. I don't know what to tell them other than what I actually think.
"The Democrats are not going to negotiate with the government shut down", he said.
The White House has delivered several offers to Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to end the shutdown, but they have been rebuffed at every turn.
He defeated pro-Trump Republican first-term congresswoman Claudia Tenney in November by about 4,000 votes in a race settled only after absentee ballots were counted. But ever since Trump walked away from a pre-Christmas deal to avert the shutdown that both parties thought the White House backed, McConnell has said it's up to Trump and congressional Democrats to craft a compromise.