DEMOCRATIC RESPONSE: Stacey Abrams Following the State of the Union (FNN)

Stacey Abrams, the former Georgia gubernatorial candidate and rising Democratic star, is expected to blast President Trump for the partial government shutdown in her response to the State of the Union address — calling the shutdown a "stunt" and its impact on federal workers a "disgrace."

Abrams, who will make history Tuesday night as the first African-American woman to deliver a formal State of the Union response, released excerpts of her prepared remarks in advance of the speech.

"Just a few weeks ago, I joined volunteers to distribute meals to furloughed federal workers. They waited in line for a box of food and a sliver of hope since they hadn’t received a paycheck in weeks," she plans to say. "Making their livelihoods a pawn for political games is a disgrace."

She adds: "The shutdown was a stunt engineered by the President of the United States, one that defied every tenet of fairness and abandoned not just our people—but our values."

Abrams is expected to deliver her speech in the metro Atlanta area, surrounded by Georgia activists, labor leaders, health care professionals, educators, entrepreneurs, voters and her family, after Trump delivers his message. #SOTU

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