Trump announces deal to end USA government shutdown

January 25 16:57 2019

“I think the problems at the airport are a sign of things to come and I’ve been ready for weeks now to reopen the government and give us a chance without a shutdown hanging over us to reach a compromise”, Sen. “It will happen fast”.

The poll reveals that 66 percent of voters want Trump to agree to a budget without funding for the border wall, compared to just 31 percent who feel he should hold out.

After bills to re-open the government failed in the Senate Thursday, Trump signaled that a “large down payment” on funding, potentially less than the $5.7 billion, could be sufficient to end the stalemate.

At least a half-dozen senators, mostly on the Republican side, voted for both plans, desperate for any solution to the shutdown.

Trump responded in real time on Twitter saying, “very simply, without a Wall it all doesn’t work”.

Trump said he would act to ensure that federal workers get their back pay “very quickly, or as soon as possible”.

The White House announced that Trump will make an announcement about the government shutdown from the Rose Garden. Federal workers will miss a second paycheck tomorrow.

The deal represents the biggest defeat of President Trump’s time in the Oval office, coming a day after he tweeted “We will not Cave!”.

He previously has indicated he was considering an emergency declaration to circumvent congressional funding powers if lawmakers do not fund his wall, an action that nearly certainly would be swiftly challenged by Democrats as exceeding his authority under the U.S. Constitution.

But the bill failed alongside an alternative proposal from the Democrats.

Republicans controlling the Senate have scuttled a Democratic attempt to temporarily reopen the shuttered portions of the federal government.

“Leaders are zeroing in on an agreement that includes a short term CR [continuing resolution] to 2/15 and a vehicle to go to conference on the DHS bill”, one Democrat close to the negotiations told TPM. The stopgap spending bill provided no money for the wall and would have funded the government through February 8. But it was the first major legislative move by senators to end the shutdown since it began over a month ago.

The Democratic-controlled House has already passed that bill, but Trump has said he would veto it.

At the same time, however, US media reported Thursday that House Democrats are set to unveil a 5 billion USA dollar increase in efforts to secure the border. “They deserve this resolution”.

“Democrats have been saying for weeks they’ll negotiate on wall funding when the government is open”.

And a Schumer spokesman, Justin Goodman, said Thursday night that the minority leader “and Senate Democrats have made clear to Leader McConnell and Republicans that they will not support funding for the wall, prorated or otherwise”.

A bipartisan group of senators proposed a three-week spending plan created to buy time for congressional negotiations over border security spending.

“In our risk-averse industry, we can not even calculate the level of risk now at play, nor predict the point at which the entire system will break”, NATCA President Paul Rinaldi said in a statement. “His resolve remains steadfast”.

Trump’s proposal faced strong objections from Democrats who oppose the wall and the plan’s changes in immigration law including new limits on asylum claims by Central American minors. The last time the country saw such a lengthy shutdown was from December 5, 1995 to January 6, 1996, when then GOP House Speaker Newt Gingrich was at loggerheads with former President Bill Clinton over tax issues. They are named for the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act.

This article has been updated with the latest information.

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