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President Trump Agrees To Short-Term Deal To Reopen Government

January 25, 2019 - 1:17 pm

DALLAS (1080 KRLD/AP) - President Donald Trump has agreed to deal to reopen the Federal government.

The President will back a short-term funding bill which will fund the government at current levels and reopen the government for a limited amount of time, 3 weeks.  

Speaking in a press confernece in the White House Rose Garden, the President said that federal works will be paid.

"I will make sure that all employees receive their back pay as soon as possible" said President Trump. 

Overnight and into Friday at least five Republican senators had been calling Mr. Trump, urging him to reopen the government and have the Senate consider his request for border wall funds through regular legislation, according to a person familiar with the situation who was not authorized to discuss the private talks publicly.

The burst of movement came as LaGuardia Airport in New York and Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey were both experiencing at least 90-minute delays in takeoffs Friday due to a shortage of air traffic controllers. 

Two measures to reopen the government failed in the U.S. Senate on Friday.

"There are discussions on the Senate side. We are in touch with them," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters Friday morning as she entered the Capitol. Asked about Trump's demands for border security measures as part of a bill temporarily reopening government, Pelosi said, "we'll see what happens today. One step at a time."

Pelosi was referring to a Thursday meeting between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to explore potential next steps for solving the vitriolic stalemate.

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