President Trump has reached a tentative deal with Congress to finally end the government shutdown.
President Trump endorsed a short-term plan to re-open the government until February 15.
“I will make sure that all employees receive their backpay very quickly,” said President Trump. “Or as soon as possible.”
Today’s tentative agreement does not contain money for the President’s long sought border wall.
“This is an opportunity for all parties to work together,” said President Trump.
The President says he could still declare a national emergency…if Democrats don’t come to the table.
“If we don’t get a fair deal from Congress the government will either shutdown 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 President Trump.
The President, along with lawmakers on both sides came under increased pressure to reach a deal, as the effects of the shutdown rippled across the nation.
On Friday, multiple airports experienced delays due a shortage of air traffic controllers.
“It’s sad that it’s taken this long to come to an obvious conclusion,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “Disagreement in policy should never be a reason to shut down government.”
The President has asked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring the plan to the floor immediately for a vote.
“With cooperation, we can pass legislation opening the government and send the DHS appropriations bill to a conference with the house today,” said Senator McConnell.
The measure is expected to pass in both the Senate and the House, then head to President Trump’s desk.
President Trump had delayed his scheduled state of the union address until after the partial government shutdown is over. It’s still unclear when it will be delivered.