UPDATED 1:19 PM PT — Friday, January 25, 2019
President Trump has announced a deal has been reached to reopoen the government for three-weeks. While speaking from the Rose Garden Friday, the president said he will sign a short-term funding bill, which would reopen the government until February 15, 2019 without border wall funding.
This comes after Democrats rejected a proposal on Thursday to temporarily reopen the government.
During the next three weeks, lawmakers will come together to negotiate a border security package. The president cautioned, however, if talks do not result in a fair agreement then he will consider the alternative.
“We really have no choice, but to build a powerful wall or steel barrier,” stated President Trump. “If we don’t get a fair deal from Congress, the government will either shut down on February 15th again or I will use the powers afforded to me under the laws and the Constitution of the United States to address this emergency, we will have great security.”
The president thanked furloughed federal workers and their families, and promised they will receive their back pay as soon as possible.
The Senate is set to vote on the short-term bill Friday evening.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2019