Trump agrees to fund the government for 3 weeks; no money for border wall

Matt Saintsing
January 25, 2019 - 2:52 pm

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President Donald Trump and Congress came to a deal on Friday on a short-term deal to reopen the government for three weeks while negotiations over border security, and a proposed border wall, continue. 

After more than a month of Trump saying he would not reopen the government without money for a border wall, he announced a deal to fund the government until Feb. 15. He said he'd asked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to vote on the measure later Friday. 

The deal won’t provide money for Trump’s long-sought wall at the US-Mexico border but will provide relief to the nearly 800,000 federal workers--155,000 of which are veterans-- who’ve been furloughed for the past 35 days. Trump said they could expect to get paid “very quickly” or “as soon as possible.” 

Negotiations on border security and a barrier along the southern border with Mexico will take place in the coming weeks. 

“(Democrats and Republicans) have said they are for complete border security, and they have finally and fully acknowledged that having barriers, fencing or walls or whatever you want to call it will be an important part of the solution,” Trump said. 

The Senate on Thursday rejected two separate plans that would reopen the government, with lawmakers stuck in the same gridlock they’ve been for weeks. On Friday, the Federal Aviation Administration halted flights into New York City’s LaGuardia Airport due to a shortage of air-traffic controllers. 

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