Trump announces deal to reopen government temporarily

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The longest federal shutdown in United States history has finally ended!

Instead, he said a "bipartisan conference committee" of lawmakers from the Republican-held Senate and Democrat-controlled House would set to work on the question of border security, with the issue of wall financing at the top of their agenda.

Prior to the government shuttering last month, the GOP-controlled Senate passed the same temporary spending measure to prevent a shutdown. The House is expected to pass the funding bill later on Friday.

It also led the president to delay his State of the Union address.

President Donald Trump continued to hammer on the need for a southern border wall Saturday after announcing Friday that he will support a deal to temporarily reopen the government without any funding for the wall.

Hundreds of thousands of federal workers have been furloughed or, as with some airport workers, required to work without pay.

"Federal workers and others have resorted to selling their possessions, and many have defaulted on loans and mortgages in order to afford heat, medicine, and food", he said. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

NBC reported that the stop-gap agreement will keep the government functioning through at least February 15, and allow 400,000 government employees forced to work without pay to receive full back pay.

In December, when Trump offered signals that he might be willing to back off his threat to shut down the government over funding for a wall, conservative allies and pundits accused him of waffling on his campaign promise. They called Trump and urged him to end the shutdown and take up border security through the regular legislative process, according to a person familiar with the private conversations.

Schumer suggested he is optimistic that a resolution over border security can be reached once the government is reopened.

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Nevertheless, they were rattled by Pelosi's move on Wednesday and expressed concern it would further sour shutdown negotiations.

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Trump praised the federal workers and their families as "incredible patriots" and "amazing", during a speech at the White House earlier in the day.

Pressure mounted on the president to ease his demands in the name of reopening the government after the Senate on Thursday rejected dueling Republican and Democratic proposals to end the shutdown - one with wall funding and one without.

Gidley said that Trump had repeatedly asked for the sort of border funding that USA security officials said they needed, only to encounter intransigent Democrats in Congress.

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.

Trump's action would end what has become a record, 35-day partial shutdown.

It's a far cry from an interview he gave in August 2015 when he was asked by a reporter how he was going to build a 1,900 mile wall. They are smart walls created to meet the needs of front-line border agents and are operationally effective.

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said senators described the "discomfort" of a shutdown and "how fruitless many of us - I'd put myself in that category - think it is". "With a powerful Wall or Steel Barrier, Crime Rates (and Drugs) will go substantially down all over the U.S".

With polls showing most Americans blamed him for the painful shutdown - the longest of its kind in US history - Trump embraced a way out of the crisis that Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had been pushing for weeks.

Although Trump didn't reveal any details of the deal, he talked extensively in his address about the proposed border wall, giving arguments for its construction. They used federal workers as pawns.

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