Trump announces end to United States government shutdown
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Jan 27, 2019,
Jan 27, 2019, 1:17
President Donald Trump said on Friday he has reached a tentative agreement with USA lawmakers for three weeks in stop-gap funding that would end a partial US government shutdown now in its 35th day, with a senior Democratic aide saying money the president demanded for a border wall is not included.
Following the president's speech both House Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) said on the Senate floor they would work together, focusing on areas where both parties are in agreement.
"I want to thank all of the incredible federal workers and their unbelievable families who have shown such extraordinary devotion in the face of this recent hardship", said Trump, adding that these workers will receive back pay as soon as possible.
"In a short while, I will sign a bill to open our government", he said.
With furloughed workers and unpaid "essential" federal employees highlighted in the national news - and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross callously wondering why they don't just take out loans to get by - the partial government shutdown is officially a GOP public relations disaster.
Pelosi said she would discuss with Trump "a mutually agreed date" for his annual State of the Union address, which she had effectively forced him to postpone amid the shutdown showdown.
President Donald Trump issued a tweet on Friday after outrage ensued from many of his supporters over a deal to end the partial government shutdown without any funding for his border wall.
Democrats stood firm - and, importantly, largely united - in their opposition to funding for the wall on the US-Mexico border, which Trump insists is needed to tackle illegal immigration.
About 800,000 government workers have gone with pay for more than a month. As soon as this shutdown was about to close, he promised everyone a new fight would begin - and another shutdown could soon follow.
"The solution to this impasse was to separate funding the government from our disagreements over border security", Schumer said, adding that "we can never hold American workers hostage again".
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Trump's backtrack comes hours after he vowed not to "cave" to Democrats amid reports they are preparing to offer more money for security but no funds for his wall.
Let me be very clear: We really have no choice but to build a powerful wall or steel barrier.
Thursday's votes came after Vice-President Mike Pence lunched privately with restive GOP senators, who told him they were itching for the standoff to end, participants said. Sen.
With the president's assent, both houses of Congress are expected to imminently pass spending bills and Trump said the measures would guarantee backpay for affected workers.
Trump, in a weakened negotiating position, will try again to persuade lawmakers to finance the wall, with a February 15 deadline looming as he holds out the potential of another shutdown. The employees had been told to work without pay. The deal struck with congressional leaders reopens the government through February 15, while creating a committee meant to negotiate a border-security agreement.
Declaring an emergency could allow Trump to circumvent Congress and repurpose funds Congress has appropriated for other purposes in order to build a wall. Several Republicans were calling on him, openly and in private, to reopen the government.
Earlier, hundreds of flights were grounded or delayed at U.S. airports because of unpaid air traffic controllers calling in sick.
And the world's busiest airport - Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport - was experiencing long security wait times, a warning sign the week before it expects 150,000 out-of-town visitors for the Super Bowl.
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