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Trump signs bill to end government shutdown

US President Donald Trump speaks about the government shutdown on January 25, 2019, from the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC. - Trump says will sign bill to reopen the government until February 15. ALEX EDELMAN/AFP/Getty Images

WASHINGOTN (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed a bill that temporarily opens the federal government for three weeks, ending the longest shutdown in U.S. history at 35 days.

The White House says Trump signed the measure after the Senate and House each passed it Friday.

Trump backed down from his demand that Congress provide more border wall money before federal agencies get back to work. But he warns that the government could shut down again “if we don’t get a fair deal from Congress.”

He is also holding out the possibility of taking executive action.

The agreement to open the government came as about 800,000 federal employees missed their second consecutive paycheck.

As part of the deal, a bipartisan committee of House and Senate lawmakers is being formed to review border security recommendations.

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  • Homer

    The government never gave a whit when I missed two paychecks, and the media crying and whining from the very start of the “partial” government shutdown made me sick. I suppose that for the short term, the zoo animals will be safe and dog food will be available on the store shelves.

  • steve

    Trump, unless you can pull off a miracle, you just lost a large part of your base and the sound you hear are the feet of the Democrats doing their happy dance.

  • C

    The outcome of this whole deal is summed up in the last sentence. This deal scores one for the Democrats, Zero for Trump. And, in order to reach an outcome of who knows what, at a future unspecified time, a committee will be formed to study recommendations. When you look at our elected lawmakers on both sides you’ve got to ask yourself “My God. is this the best we can do?”.

    • BP

      It really isn’t a win for the Democrats. If they do not negotiate and the government shuts down it’s on them. President Trump will declare an emergency and use those funds to build a wall.
      The comments from pelosi and schummer tell me they won’t negotiate again. Pure politics over the people. We as Americans should be furious with their response. At least Trump tried several times to negotiate. It was a tough decision but I agree the “loss” is worth it. I believe in the end it will show who is really concerned about Americans. It certainly isn’t the Democrats as I see it now.

      • C

        You and I both know it wasn’t a ‘loss’ for Trump. But, as I said the perception of the public because of the continued anti-Trump rhetoric is that he’s lost and Schumer and Pelosi are on top. As you even stated,if the Democrats don’t negotiate, the blames on them. True. But the media will never paint a true picture of who’s at fault and a gullible public will largely agree.

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