North Carolina Speaker of the House Rep. Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) was in Washington D.C. ahead of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday, meeting with members of the state’s Congressional delegation.
Moore was set to attend the address as a guest of Congressman Patrick McHenry, a Republican from North Carolina’s tenth district.
Moore released a statement ahead of the address noting recent federal tax reforms that increased millions of Americans’ take-home pay this month, saying that the framework followed a similar approach to North Carolina’s reforms.
“It’s an exciting time for the economic well-being of families in North Carolina and Americans across the country following state and federal tax relief that kept our promise to return hard-earned dollars to working people’s paychecks,” Moore said. “I am honored by this opportunity to attend the State of the Union Address with Congressman McHenry and reaffirm our shared commitment to putting taxpayers first with pro-growth policies that offer long-term prosperity and a greater quality-of-life for the citizens of our state and nation.”
Trump will address the joint session of Congress, as well as the American people, at 9 p.m. EST from the House chamber at the U.S. Capitol, flanked by House Speaker Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) and Vice-President Mike Pence, in his role as president of the Senate.
In addition to the nation’s elected legislative leaders and Trump’s cabinet leaders, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court will also be in attendance.
One member of Trump’s cabinet will remain behind, in a secure location, as the designated survivor intended to take the office of the president if an attack should occur on the Capitol during the address.
The tradition of having a cabinet member stay behind began in the 1960s during the height of the Cold War under the threat of nuclear war.
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin was the designated survivor last year.
The identity of the designated survivor for this year will not be released until the night of the speech when that person is secured in a safe location.
But the designated survivor will not be the only official missing from the crowd Tuesday night, some members of Congress will also be absent from the chamber to maintain legislative succession in the event of an emergency where the Capitol was attacked or destroyed.
Also due to be missing from the crowd this year are a number of Democratic congressmen and women who are protesting a variety of policies and comments Trump has made.
The longest State of the Union address came from President Bill Clinton at 89 minutes and President Ronal Reagan has the shortest on record at 31 minutes.
The first State of the Union address, though it was not called that until President Franklin D. Roosevelt was in office, was delivered by President George Washington in 1790 and was 833 words long.