President Trump signed a bill passed by Congress last Friday effectively reopening the U.S. government—but only until February 15 (three weeks).
The bill does not include any funding for Trump’s proposed border wall. Instead, it will give federal workers back pay, temporary funding for government agencies that have not yet received 2019 funding, and a bipartisan committee to negotiate funding for the Department of Homeland Security. The bill is similar to the previously rejected short-term funding bill (continuing resolution) proposed before the shutdown started on December 22.
Trump threatened to shut the government down again if he is not given funding for his border wall, hinting at his eagerness to declare a national emergency. “We really have no choice but to build a powerful wall or steel barrier,” he said. “If we don’t get a fair deal from Congress, the government will either shut down on February 15 — again — or I will use the powers afforded to me under the laws and the Constitution of the United States to address this emergency.”
Ironically, the 35-day partial government shutdown cost the economy $6 billion, more than Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion.
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