Congress Set To Act Quickly To Reopen Government

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3:58 p.m.

The two Senators from South Dakota shared their responses to the deal on Twitter. 

Senator John Thune says he’s glad the bipartisan deal was reached.  

Senator Mike Rounds also shared his reaction on social media.

3:40 p.m.
Economists believe the partial government shutdown will end up having only a minor impact on the overall economy as long as the government stays open.
Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics, says the impact should end up being “barely significant” with economic growth coming at a moderate 2 percent.
Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, says he looks for first-quarter growth to be around 2.3 percent, down slightly from the 2.5 percent forecast if the shutdown had not happened.
But Zandi says if the government shuts down again after the current stop-gap funding ends Feb. 15, then that could be “very hard on the economy” because it would shatter business and consumer confidence.
President Donald Trump has agreed to fund the government for three weeks while negotiations continue on his demand for money to build a border wall with Mexico.

3:10 p.m.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate will pass legislation on Friday that’s intended to reopen the government after a record-long 35 day shutdown.
McConnell says he knows “the pain that this episode has caused” across the country. The Kentucky Republican says federal workers who have gone without pay “deserve this resolution.”
President Donald Trump has agreed to a fund the government for three weeks, through Feb. 15. Negotiations continue on his demand for money to build a border wall with Mexico.
McConnell says he hopes there will be “good-faith negotiations” in the coming weeks to settle differences on border security.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer says Democrats oppose the billions of dollars Trump wants to build the wall, but do agree on other ways to secure the border. He says that “bodes well for coming to an eventual agreement.”

2:50 p.m.
Congress is expected to quickly pass legislation that would temporarily reopen the government after President Donald Trump announced a deal to end the record 35-day partial federal shutdown.
The Senate is set to act first, with the House following later Friday. That’s according to lawmakers and aides on Capitol Hill.
Trump has agreed to a deal that will fund the government for three weeks, through Feb. 15, while negotiations continue on his demand for billions of dollars to build a long-promised border wall with Mexico.
The legislation set to be passed by Congress will include back pay for some 800,000 federal workers who’ve gone without their salaries during the shutdown. The shutdown has disrupted services and created hardship for many workers.

2:45 p.m.
Even as President Donald Trump backs down and agrees to a short-term deal that reopens the government, he isn’t giving up on his push for a U.S.-Mexico border wall.
And on top of that, he’s threatening to shut down the government again or use his presidential powers to address the border issue if he doesn’t get what he’s calling a “fair deal.”
Trump says the border barrier he wants built isn’t “medieval’ and shouldn’t be “controversial” because it will keep drugs and criminals from crossing into the United States.
He’s calling it “smart” and “see-through” walls.
Trump has announced that the government – after a record 35-day partial shutdown – will temporarily reopen for a few weeks while he negotiates with Congress on his demand for billions of dollars to pay for a border wall.

2:25 p.m.
President Donald Trump says he’ll sign legislation shortly to reopen shuttered government departments for three weeks – until Feb. 15.
Trump’s action would end what has become a record, 35-day partial shutdown.
Some 800,000 federal workers have had to work without pay or have been kept from doing their jobs as Trump and congressional Democrats were locked in a stalemate over the billions of dollars that Trump has demanded to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall.
Trump spoke at the White House on Friday as intensifying delays at some of the nation’s busiest airports and widespread disruptions brought new urgency to efforts to break the impasse.

UPDATED 1:20 p.m. 

President Donald Trump and congressional leaders are closing in on a deal to temporarily reopen the government after the longest shutdown in U.S. history.
That’s according to five people familiar with the negotiations. They’re not authorized to reveal private discussions and are speaking on condition of anonymity.
Trump is due to make an announcement in the Rose Garden shortly.
Three of those five people say the deal would restore money for the shuttered federal agencies for three weeks, while negotiations continue on a longer-term solution.
The deal wouldn’t immediately provide a boost in money for Trump’s long-sought wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The negotiations are continuing, and officials say a deal won’t be locked in until Trump makes an announcement. The shutdown in its 35th day.

12:25 p.m.
President Donald Trump is set to speak from the White House on Friday afternoon about the partial government shutdown.
His appearance is set for 12:30 p.m.
Press secretary Sarah Sanders tweets that Trump will “make remarks” but she’s offering no more details about what the president will say.
There’s growing speculation that lawmakers and the White House are on the verge of reaching a deal to end the impasse, now in its 35th day.

12:14 p.m. 

CBS White House Correspondent Major Garrett says the President is expected to endorse a short term funding bill to reopen the government Friday afternoon. 

Stay with KELOLAND News as we learn more about this possible bill.

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