Idea worth considering

At first glance, U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson’s idea to end the partial shutdown of federal government and address concerns about illegal immigration may sound, well, a bit wild and crazy.

But in the context of the theatrics that already have occurred on the matter, it may be worth a look.

Johnson, R-Ohio, notes that President Donald Trump is scheduled to deliver his State of the Union speech to a joint session of Congress on Jan. 29. Nearly all lawmakers should be in attendance.

If the shutdown/immigration issue is not settled by then, Trump should use the televised speech to offer to negotiate, right there and then, Johnson suggests.

“With the entire federal legislative branch in the same room, it would be a great opportunity to craft a deal — right before the eyes of the American people, so they could see for themselves who is willing to negotiate and who is not,” Johnson explained in a press release.

With that said, Johnson strongly disagreed with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s suggestion Wednesday that President Trump postpone the State of the Union address until the shutdown is resolved. She cited security concerns as one reason. Johnson said if Pelosi disinvites Trump to present his speech in the House of Representatives chamber, he will call on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to invite the President Trump to give his speech in the Senate Chamber.

“With all that is going on right now, the last thing we should do is cancel the State of the Union,” Johnson said in a second release.

Johnson’s brainstorm may not be practical, even if the president considers it.

But at this point, with very little reason for optimism over the situation, it may be time to resort to unusual tactics.

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