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President Trump agrees to reopen the partial government

Written by on January 25, 2019

A temporary re-opening of the government

President Trump announced earlier today, at a press conference where he told no questions, that he is willing to reopen the federal government for 3 weeks while negotiations for the wall continues.

If no agreement is made by February 15th, President Trump made references to his earlier threats to declare a National Emergency, a very powerful weapon.

He also stated that once he receives the deal, he will immediately sign it into effect.  Thus, releasing the funds to the approximately 800,000 federal employees as soon as possible.

The deal does not include funding for a wall or barrier along the border, but Trump said he was confident both parties could start negotiations would continue and to come to an agreement on wall funding.

“Walls should not be controversial,” he said. “As commander-in-chief, my highest priority is the defense of our great country.”

Reaction from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Friday in a joint press conference with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., that the measure will pass in both the House and the Senate, and expects the president to sign the legislation late Friday.

While on the republican side Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said on the Senate floor that he supports the president’s plan to re-open the government and called on Democrats to come to the table and negotiate a border security plan before Feb. 15.

He continued to say “Going forward, I hope Democrats will stay true to the commitment they have stated constantly over the past weeks – that once government was re-opened, they would be perfectly willing to negotiate in good faith on full-year government funding that would include a significant investment in urgently needed border security measures, including physical barriers.”

So does this mean House Speaker Pelosi will now extend the invitation to President Trump to give the State of the Union address Tuesday evening?


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