Federal Relations

January 25, 2019

Deal Reached to Re-Open Government… for Three Weeks

At a Rose Garden address this afternoon, President Trump announced that he has reached a deal with Congressional Democrats to reopen the government for three weeks, through February 15.  The three-week extension package does not include funding for a wall along the Southern border.  During his remarks, the president added that the federal workers who have not been paid as a result of the shutdown would receive back pay as soon as possible.  The two chambers still must pass, and the president must sign, legislation that would implement the provisions of the agreement reached today.

The three weeks, in theory, would buy some time for the various parties to negotiate on a path forward on the border wall and other potentially related matters.  However, there is no guarantee that an agreement will be reached by February 15.

Read more about this afternoon’s developments herehere, and here.