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US SHUTDOWN COMES TO A HALT

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President Donald Trump has endorsed a deal to reopen the US government for three weeks, after a record-breaking shutdown of federal agencies.

Speaking on day 35 of the shutdown in the White House Rose Garden, Mr Trump said the agreement would fund the government until 15 February.

He said federal workers affected by the political imbroglio, whom he called “incredible patriots”, would receive full back-pay.

Mr Trump also said he had decided at this time not to resort to “a very powerful alternative” – an apparent reference to declaring a national emergency.

 

  • A temporary deal has been reached
  • The agreement will last until 15 February
  • Both Republicans and Democrats say they will back the deal in the vote later today
  • The partial shutdown began on 22 December and lasted 35 days
  • Talks over funding for the president’s US-Mexico border wall to happen at a later date

 

This could divert military funding towards building a southern border wall, but such a proclamation would provoke constitutional uproar and legal challenges.

However, the president added: “We really have no choice but to build a powerful wall or steel barrier.

“If we don’t get a fair deal from Congress the government will either shut down 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.”

 

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