Speaking from the Rose Garden earlier today, President Trump has unveiled a plan to temporarily call a halt to the government shutdown and to fund vital services through February 15th.
"I am very proud to announce today that we have reached a deal to end the shutdown and reopen the federal government," Trump said. This does not mean the budget allocation for the wall has been resolved. But with the shutdown affecting major public resources, including today’s shutdown of the LaGuardia airport due to a lack of air traffic controllers.
The stopgap bill would include $1.3 billion for border security and keep the government open until February 15th. In the meantime, the president made clear that he plans to continue working toward a deal that would include funding for a wall. If such a deal is not reached, Trump said, “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.”
"I will make sure that all employees receive their back pay very quickly or as soon as possible. It'll happen fast," Trump said.
The President thanked federal workers while announcing the deal to reopen the government for their "devotion in the face of this recent hardship."
"When I say make America great again -- it could never be done without you," Trump said, calling federal workers "great people."
"I will sign a bill to open our government for 3 weeks until February 15th, I will make sure that all employees receive their backpay very quickly," President Trump on reaching a deal to temporarily end the shutdown and reopen the federal government. pic.twitter.com/YNu33DzVeZ— TODAY (@TODAYshow) January 25, 2019
Over at CNN, they have more information on the recent challenges between the two parties over the border wall.
Trump has faced increasing pressure to find a way out of the weeks-long border standoff, which on Friday led to widespread delays at East Coast airports. The pressure increased when two competing proposals to end the deadlock failed in the Senate on Thursday.
After those measures collapsed, Republican and Democratic leaders began frenzied negotiations to end the shutdown, which left 800,000 federal workers without another paycheck on Friday. That resulted in the three-week stopgap funding measure that would fund the government and allow workers to be paid.
Trump said on Thursday he would accept such a measure only if it included a "prorated down payment" on the border wall. Neither he nor his aides specified a dollar figure for the down payment.
The President has also not ruled out declaring a national emergency, and on Thursday repeatedly insisted he had many "alternatives" to securing border wall funding that did not involve Congress. CNN reported exclusively on Thursday that a national emergency proclamation had been drafted that would allow for potentially billions of federal dollars to be put toward wall construction.