Eric Katz | February 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

Dozens of Shutdown-Impacted Workers Will Accompany Lawmakers to State of the Union

President Trump delivers the State of the Union address last year. President Trump delivers the State of the Union address last year. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

A number of lawmakers are using President Trump’s upcoming State of the Union address to remind the nation why the speech is taking place this week and not on its originally scheduled date.

At least a dozen members of Congress will bring a federal employee or contractor impacted by the government shutdown as their guest to the annual presidential address before the joint Congress. Trump was originally set to make the speech in January, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., refused to invite him while the government was still shut down.

With less than two weeks until another potential shutdown, many lawmakers are using the event to highlight those who were furloughed or forced to work without pay for 35 days. Here is a non-comprehensive list of lawmakers who will bring a shutdown-impacted individual to the State of the Union:

While most lawmakers are bringing shutdown-impacted employees to the State of the Union to stress the difficulties those workers endured, some are doing so to boost Trump’s call for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

This story has been updated