Lawmakers are split over President Trump’s second State of the Union.
On Tuesday night the president called for Congress to fund a border wall, spend more money on infrastructure and end its investigations into his administration.
President Trump says his State of the Union was all about unity. But one day after the speech, it’s hard to find any new signs of cooperation on Capitol Hill.
“It was not a good speech. The president’s hurting”
“The best thing that can be said about the president’s speech is that it’s over.”
House Democrats say the speech did nothing to bridge the gap between parties. In his address, the president once again urged Congress to build a border wall.
“In the past, most of the people in this room voted for a wall. But the proper Wall never got built. I will get it built.”
But lawmakers say a deal on the wall, remains out of reach.
The president will visit the border next week with a campaign rally in El Paso, Texas.
And the White House says it’s still considering declaring an emergency on the border.
Ordering the military to build the wall, even if Congress disapproves.
In his address, the president also urged Congress to stop its investigation into interference in the 2016 election.
“If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation.”
House Republicans jumped in Wednesday supporting that demand.
“I think it should come to a close. I think the country wants to be able to solve the problems going forward.”
Democrats say they have no plans to give up their oversight authority and will allow the investigation to continue.
(This story was originally published on February 6, 2019)