The president of the House of Representatives, the Democrat Nancy Pelosi, warned today that the partial closure of the Administration, which entered today on its twenty-seventh day, undermines the country’s security.
“The closure of (President, Donald) Trump undermines our security, we are not paying the people who keep us safe, including TSA (Transportation Security Administration) agents, FBI agents and immigration officers who patrol the border.” , Pelosi said at a press conference at the Capitol.
“Maybe (Trump) thinks it’s okay not to pay people to do their job, but I do not think so,” the Democratic leader added.
Pelosi alluded yesterday also security reasons in his request to Trump to postpone the traditional speech on the State of the Union, scheduled for January 29, until the end of the partial closure of the Administration.
The president of the Chamber pointed out that, as a consequence of the partial closure, the Secret Service, in charge of coordinating, planning and implementing security measures in these events, has not received funding for 27 days.
In today’s press conference, Pelosi did not doubt the “professionalism” of the agents, but insisted that they should receive their payroll to protect the “most powerful” leaders of the country during that speech, which brings together the president, vice president, the Trump Cabinet, the components of the Supreme Court and the entire Congress.
The Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, said yesterday on Twitter that his department and the Secret Service are “fully prepared” to guarantee security during the speech by the State of the Union, despite the partial administrative closure.
Since last December 22, the federal government suffers a partial suspension due to Trump’s demand to include funds for the construction of the border barrier in federal budgets, a proposal that has clashed head-on with the new Democratic majority in the lower house. .
As a result, the closure of 25% of the Administration is prolonged, a situation that affects some 800,000 employees who have stopped receiving their salary and has disrupted the operation of different tourist areas or the activities of agencies that have not been paid. assigned new resources. (EFEUSA) .-