Skipping the State of the Union address, while rare, is not without precedent.
Schakowsky said Trump has "disrespected millions and millions of Americans and the presidency itself", according to the Sun-Times, and Davis will be in Chicago during the address.
The address, held before a joint session of Congress, is meant to give the president the opportunity to speak directly to the American people about his vision for the next year, and also give a summation of what has happened in the past.
MA congressman Joe Kennedy III, the grandnephew of president John F Kennedy and grandson of attorney general Bobby Kennedy, has been chosen to deliver the Democratic response to the speech straight after Trump's address. While his immediate audience will be the packed chamber, the speech will be beamed live on TV channels across the country. Since then, though, the tone of Trump's speeches has waned, with a year full of squabbles and backbiting.
Trump canceled the program a year ago but gave Congress until March to come up with a legislative fix.
Trump is expected to tout his administration's economic achievements, give more details on his immigration proposal and possibly roll out a new infrastructure plan during the speech. In particular, the President will invite someone affected by the opioid crisis.
Trump salvaged his first year in office by signing a broad tax overhaul into law late last year - and he'll surely remind voters of that accomplishment in his speech.
Trump himself has indicated that U.S. trade policy will form part of his State of the Union address.
Additionally, the president told reporters Monday that he will call for better trade deals.
Here's five things to watch in tonight's speech.
Velazquez is one of at least 27 members of Congress bringing guests who are at risk of deportation or related to someone who is. Trump himself has been accused of assault or harassment by more than a dozen women, accusations he has denied. "The Republicans really don't have the votes to get it done in any other way".
But Trump has railed about the FBI's handling of the investigation, which has expanded to include his decision to fire former FBI director James Comey, making repeated criticism of senior officials including deputy director Andrew McCabe, who abruptly stepped away from his role on Monday.