At least until February 15, the government shutdown will end as the President announced that an agreement had been reached.
Speaking from the Rose Garden he said, “I am very proud to announce we have reached a deal to end the shutdown and reopen the federal government.”
He said the deal would keep the government open for three weeks until Feb. 15 and that a bill would go before the Senate immediately. He made reference to his previous threats to declare a national emergency, calling it a “very powerful weapon,” but saying he didn’t want to use it. The deal appeared to include no money for a wall or steel barrier, but he said he hoped negotiations would continue to come to an agreement on wall funding.
“Walls should not be controversial,” he said…
…After bills to re-open the government failed in the Senate Thursday, Trump signaled that a “large down payment” on funding, potentially less than the $5.7 billion, could be sufficient to end the stalemate. He suggested that a “prorated down payment” on the wall, without providing a concrete dollar figure, could be viable.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., had also suggested that a three-week continuing resolution could be the way forward.
“If they come to a reasonable agreement, I would support that,” Trump told reporters.
Essentially, the President got nothing from the “deal,” which is unusual for Donald J. Trump. But with thousands of Federal workers, and the Coast Guard going without paychecks, major pressure was on to end the shutdown.
Whether or not there will actually be any more “negotiations” now is a question only Nancy and Chuck can answer. It could be that we’ll end up back here on February 15 with another shutdown. Hopefully, the members of Congress will come to their senses in the next three weeks and see the security issue for what it is: a crisis.
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