Government Shutdown to End, 3-Week Funding Agreement Reached

January 25, 2019 01:33 PM
No funding for border wall, but lawmakers will discuss border security in weeks ahead

by Jim Wiesemeyer

President Donald Trump and congressional leaders have a deal to reopen government agencies through Feb. 15, providing a temporary reprieve to federal workers who haven't been paid in nearly a month.

Trump made an announcement from the Rose Garden today. “In a short while I will sign a bill to reopen the government for three weeks, through Feb. 15,” Trump said, noting he will ask Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to put the proposal on the floor immediately.

Congressional votes are slated later today in both the Senate and House. The House convened for a pro forma session, where stopgap legislation could be approved by unanimous consent or voice vote later today after the Senate acts.

The deal does not include border wall funding but would include a commitment to go to conference on fiscal 2019 Homeland Security appropriations, where border security money will be negotiated during the next few weeks.

The short-term continuing resolution would also ensure furloughed workers will receive back pay for time off since the shutdown began Dec. 22.

The ongoing shutdown has closed nine Cabinet departments with the exception of services considered critical to protection of human life and property, including air traffic controllers and airport security screeners. Workers performing those "excepted" tasks, totaling more than 400,000, have missed two paychecks, as have a roughly equal number of federal employees who have been furloughed for the past 35 days. 

This article may be updated as additional information becomes available.

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Spell Check

Terry Marshall
Clint, TX
1/25/2019 04:12 PM

  If the next shutdown takes place, instead of not funding the American federal workers, lets not fund pay for Congress, and see how long it takes them to do their job.

Lexington , KY
1/25/2019 04:49 PM

  I am Ashamed to be a registered Republican after today. Trump is done

Larry k
Chicago, IL
1/25/2019 06:13 PM

  President Trump cares enough to pay the Federal employees and keep us secure and you phony.republicans say you're done with President Trump and the Republican Party. Does that mean you are joining pelosi and shumer who don't care about our security and Federal employees. I suppose you are also in favor of the democrats idea of more drones and sensors being the answer. Instead of illegals sneaking across the border undetected and unlocated traveling in our country until they are caught, taken to a facility where they can rest, bath, eat, receive medical treatment, then be released into our country. They can walk across our border and be immediately be rescued, taken to a facility where they can rest, bath,eat, receive medical treatment, and then released into our country. Do you think that is security? Just because you say you are done with President Trump, don't think for a minuye that President Trump is done traitorx


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