President Donald Trump has signaled that he will sign a bipartisan bill that would re-open the government for three weeks and end the longest shutdown in history.
Speaking in the White House Rose Garden on Friday, Trump said, “I am very proud to announce today that we have reached a deal to end the shutdown and re-open the federal government,” according to NPR.
The 35-day partial government shutdown affected around 800,000 federal workers, who haven’t gotten paid in weeks, as Trump and Democrats failed to agree on a deal.
The president refused to sign any government spending bills that did not include $5 billion for a wall at the southern border. He is reportedly not getting any funds for the wall when the government re-opens, a source from the House of Representatives told NPR. Under the new deal, the government would be open until Feb. 15.
Federal workers missed their second paycheck on Friday, due to the shutdown. Many workers have struggled to pay their rent and buy food, which the president has suggested federal workers go to supermarkets and tell them that they would pay for their items at a later date.
Trump has also butt heads with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over the shutdown. Pelosi disinvited the president on Wednesday from delivering the State of the Union to a joint session of Congress until a resolution was reached. Trump later conceded and said he won’t deliver the speech.
“I am not looking for an … alternative venue for the SOTU Address because there is no venue that can compete with the history, tradition and importance of the House Chamber,” he said on Wednesday. “I look forward to giving a ‘great’ State of the Union Address in the near future!”
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Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.