Trump backed down from a standoff with the Democrats to provide money for his border wall. He made the announcement on Jan. 25, 2019 from the White House Rose Garden to reopen the federal government for three weeks as negotiations continue to decide how to protect the southwestern border.
If the Democrats and Trump cannot agree by Feb. 15, Trump may declare a national emergency or another shut down. If he should declare a national emergency, he could order the military to build the wall without obtaining consent from Congress. If this happened, there would be immediate legal actions.
Trump said from the Rose Garden that border security could never work without a wall. He contends, it just will not happen.
The decision of the president enables Congress to start passing spending bills beginning on Friday. Trump will still be required to sign them to reopen the government until Feb. 15. The 800,000 furloughed federal workers have been working without getting paid for 35 days.
The agreement between Trump and the Democrats does not include money for a border wall and is basically the same plan he rejected in December. This means the Democrats won.
The partial government shutdown began on Dec. 22. Trump demanded Democrats give him funding for the border wall before the government to be reopened. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) insisted there would be no negotiations until Trump ended the shutdown.
The temporary reopening of the government may permit Trump to deliver the State of the Union address in front of Congress. However, Pelosi clarified that if he does hold it in Congress, it will not be delivered on January 29, as originally scheduled. Pelosi said she would meet with Trump and find another date.
During his speech, Trump praised the federal workers. He said they were fantastic and patriots. He promised federal workers would receive back pay from the paychecks they have missed. Trump said he would ensure all employees receive the compensation they are owed as soon as possible.
Trump said he would ask Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to bring to the floor a plan for immediate implementation.
Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Senate Minority Leader, said he expects the legislation to be signed by Trump on Friday after it clears both the Senate and House.
McConnell stated from the Senate floor he hoped Democrats in the next coming weeks will negotiate in good faith. He added the only way to have border security is if the Democrats are serious about negotiating with the President and stop playing partisan games. The negotiation process will show if the Democrats are serious about protecting our country.
Schumer said that the deal with Trump showed the agreement reflected that the Democrats feel funding the government needs to be separate from border security. It reopens the government while Democrats and Republicans discuss how to provide border security without holding thousands of federal worker hostage.
Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) the House Minority Leader said there is a credible threat Trump will issue another shutdown.
Written by Barbara Sobel
Edited by Cathy Milne-Ware
The Washington Post: Senate approves bill to reopen the government, the first step to ending the nation’s longest shutdown
The New York Times: Trump Agrees to Reopen Government for 3 Weeks in Surprise Retreat From Wall
Fox News: Trump, Democrats reach temporary deal to end shutdown
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