Eli Ridder | Report
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday announced a deal with Congressional leadership that did not include border wall funding to bring an end to the longest government shutdown in United States history for at least three weeks while talks continue.
The partial government shutdown that started in December left some 800,000 federal employees without pay.
Though the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives and Republican Senate passed several stopgap and re-open bills respectively, none were approved by the president because it did not include $5.7 billion for border wall funding.
Speaking on day 35 of the shutdown in the White House Rose Garden, Mr. Trump said the agreement would fund the government until Feb. 15.
He said federal workers affected by the shutdown, whom he called “incredible patriots”, would receive all the money they were owed.
Trump also said he had decided at this time not to resort to “a very powerful alternative” – an apparent reference to declaring a national emergency, a strategy floated by the White House earlier this month.
More details to follow.