He said that if we don’t get a fair deal by Feb. 15 then the government could close again on Feb. 16.
President Donald Trump has announced that they have come to a deal to reopen the government for three weeks. He thanked the federal workers who went without work and promised they’ll receive their backpay soon.
The short term funding does not include wall funding.
*This is a developing story and will be updated….
Trump: I am pleased to announced we have reached a deal to end the shutdown and re-open the government.
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) January 25, 2019
Senior administration officials expect @realDonaldTrump to endorse short-term funding bill to reopen government in next hour. Final details being worked out in WH convos now. Unclear if 2 or 3 weeks. Border debate will continue. Stress on Govt systems was increasing.
— Major Garrett (@MajorCBS) January 25, 2019
The short-term funding will keep the government open until February 15. He said, “I will make sure that all employees receive their backpay very quickly or as soon as possible.”
Trump promised the wall he wants to build isn’t a medieval wall, but instead a smart wall “designed to meet the needs of front line border agents and are operationally effective.”
The government could shut down again on February 16 if there is no agreement by then. He also threatened to declare a national emergency if there is no wall funding in a deal by February 15.
From Phil and Kaitlan: the deal would be a CR for three weeks, which would include the current level of fencing and wall repair money ($1.3 billion for the year.) There are still issues over the backpay provisions that any agreement would include, one source says. (more)
— Steve Brusk (@stevebruskCNN) January 25, 2019
From The Washington Times:
President Trump is planning to make an announcement early Friday afternoon as tensions mounted on the 35th day of the partial government shutdown.
White House aides were preparing the Rose Garden for an announcement, although sources wouldn’t say what the president plans to say.
Senate Republican Whip John Thune said the shutdown could end Friday “at least temporarily.”
“Hopefully he’ll say something that will give us a path forward,” the South Dakota Republican told reporters.
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