President Trump just brokered a deal to reopen the government for 3 weeks as the negotiations over the wall continue.
The entire political class was under enormous pressure to end this shutdown and it looked bleak yesterday as both Senate bills died on the vine.
Calmer heads needed to prevail and it looks like all involved made the right decision. Now, Ann Coulter may complain that the down payment for the wall is not in this stopgap measure, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be in the next bill in three weeks.
Or Trump could declare a national emergency – but regardless of what happens Trump has gotten the Democrats to agree to many more billions than was originally asked.
From NBC: President Donald Trump announced on Friday a short-term deal to temporarily reopen the government.
The stop-gap agreement with congressional leaders will last three weeks, until Feb. 15, and would allow talks to continue over security on the southern border. The agreement announced by Trump includes no money for his border wall.
“In a short while, I will sign a bill to reopen the government for three weeks until Feb. 15,” Trump said in the Rose Garden. “I will make sure that all employees receive their back pay very quickly or as soon as possible.”
Trump announced the deal the White House, 35 days into the longest-ever partial government closure that has left an estimated 800,000 federal employees without pay and created a host of problems.
The deal also mandates the two sides go into conference over DHS to try to work out a long-term solution.
“We have reached a deal to end the shutdown and reopen the federal government,” Trump said. “As everyone knows, I have a very powerful alternative but I’m not going to use it at this time.”
Senior source says the 3 week CR (which by definition, re-opens the government at existing levels) would provide some sort of conference committee vehicle to fund DHS.
Fox is told Hse could approve this by voice vote or by unanimous consent if the GOP is on board.
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“After 36 days of spirited debate and dialogue, I have seen and heard from enough Democrats and Republicans that they are willing to put partisanship aside, I think, and put the security of the American people first,” Trump said.
Trump ended saying if Congress didn’t solve the problem in three weeks Trump will shut down the government again or declare a national emergency.