The government shutdown is ending— At least for now. On Friday afternoon, President Donald Trump announced he supports a bill to temporarily reopen the government.
We find out what this means for federal workers, and what could happen when the this temporary solution expires next month.
“We have reached a deal to end the shutdown and reopen the federal government,” said President Donald Trump.
It has been the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, and it may not be over just yet. This announcement is a temporary solution, to ensure federal workers can find some financial relief.
“I will sign a bill to open our government for three weeks, until February 15. I will make sure all employees receive their back pay very quickly, or as soon as possible,” said Trump.
During this in-between time, President Trump is hoping both sides of the aisle will agree on a plan to reopen the government for good, and fund his plans for a border wall.
“Over the next 21 days, I expect that both Democrats and Republicans will operate in good faith. This is an opportunity for all parties to work together for the benefit of our whole wonder, beautiful nation,” said Trump.
If Congress can’t come up with a solution Trump agrees with, the government could go back to square one.
“We really have no choice but to build a powerful wall or steel barrier. If we do not get a fair deal from Congress the government will either shut down on February 15 again or I will use the powers afforded to me under the laws and the Constitution of the United States to address this emergency,” said Trump.
President Trump has said in the past he is willing to declare a National Emergency to ensure funding for the border wall. This would likely mean the Defense Department would be expected to construct the wall between the U.S. and Mexico.