Trump Agrees to End Shutdown for Three Weeks With No Wall Money

Justin Sullivan  Getty ImagesU.S. Coast Guard families receive free groceries during a food giveaway on Jan. 19 2019 in Novato Calif
Justin Sullivan Getty ImagesU.S. Coast Guard families receive free groceries during a food giveaway on Jan. 19 2019 in Novato Calif

26 January, 2019

US President Donald Trump has announced a deal to end the government shutdown as he temporarily backs down over a controversial plan to build a wall on the Mexican border.

Trump continued to push the need for a border wall, and said any permanent deal after February 15 would have to include funding for a wall or he would shut down the government again or declare a national emergency to address the matter.

The deal agreed today leaves discussions over Mr Trump's wall funding demands for later talks. The Kentucky Republican says federal workers who have gone without pay "deserve this resolution".

Still, there's no clear path to end the shutdown as the White House and Democrats remain at odds over Trump's demands to fund a wall on the U.S. -Mexico border. The Senate's top Democrat, Chuck Schumer of NY, said lawmakers will "roll up our sleeves" to work our a deal that's "acceptable to both sides".

With polls showing most Americans blamed him for the painful shutdown - the longest of its kind in US history - Trump embraced a way out of the crisis that Democratic House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi had been pushing for weeks.

The Fox poll found that 51 percent of Americans blamed Trump for the shutdown while 34 percent blamed congressional Democrats, 3 percent blamed congressional Republicans and 9 percent blamed all of the above.

"I am asking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to put this proposal on the floor immediately", Trump said.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she's willing to meet with President Donald Trump "anytime" to discuss ending the partial government shutdown.

Earlier, Trump announced that he will sign a bill to open the government for three weeks until this date. More than 800,000 federal workers have been affected by the shutdown, many of whom were furloughed or forced to work without pay. Senate Republicans brought the proposed deal up in a bill that would exchange border wall funding for deportation protections that cover the immigrant group known as dreamers.

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Neither proposal achieved the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster, but the Democratic plan did better, getting 52 to the Trump plan's 50 votes.

Providing a slight hope for compromise, bipartisan groups of lawmakers have convened private mee- tings in the House and Senate to try to find a way out of the partial shutdown that began December 22. You know, I think we all want border security.

"I believe crime in this country can go down by a massive percentage if we have great security on our southern border", Trump said.

The longest such shutdown in US history has left 800,000 federal workers as well as private contractors without pay and struggling to make ends meet, with the effects on government services and the economy reverberating nationwide. He suggested he'd also want a "prorated down payment" for his long-sought border wall with Mexico.

President Donald Trump has agreed to a fund the government for three weeks, through February 15.

The proposal included no additional money for border security or any other government function.

Outside political advisers to the President and his allies on Capitol Hill have also anxious major flight issues would amplify the blame Trump its already facing for the shutdown.

Democrats have rejected every offer to reopen the government from a partial shutdown, even as the White House's offers become increasingly favorable to the Democratic position on immigration.

The measure would have also provided three years of continued protection against deportation for 700,000 immigrants brought to the USA illegally as children.

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