Shutdown to end without wall funding


President Donald Trump said Friday he’s reached a deal to temporarily reopen the federal government after a month-long shutdown.

The stopgap spending measure, which reopens the government for three weeks, does not include funding for border wall.

In a Rose Garden speech on Friday, Trump said that he hopes that Republicans and Democrats will both put partisanship aside for the good of the American people. He expects the measure to go to the floor soon. After it’s passed, lawmakers will have three weeks to reach an agreement about border security funding.

Trump also said that workers who have not received pay for the last four weeks will receive their back pay very quickly. He thanked federal workers while announcing the deal to reopen the government for their “devotion in the face of this recent hardship” and said, “”I will make sure that all employees receive their back pay very quickly or as soon as possible. It’ll happen fast.”

The president has not ruled out declaring a national emergency to secure border wall funding without Congress. He spent the past weeks demanding that any measure reopening the government include $5.7 billion in funding for a barrier on the US-Mexico border, which was a signature campaign promise.

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