The news was just reported that after 35 days, the government will finally reopen. President Trump made the announcement on Friday afternoon.
The government had been in a partial shutdown for the past 35 days, the longest shutdown in history. The shutdown was over the ongoing disagreement about funding for security at the southern border. President Trump had requested $5.7B in order to complete the wall at the southern border. However, Democratic leaders have remained against that request.
Now, after weeks of federal workers not being paid, the nation's leaders have finally reached somewhat of a compromise. Sadly, there has still been no decision regarding the wall.
President Trump announced on Friday that the government will at least temporarily reopen until February 15. During that time, leaders will still work on compromises and negotiations for the larger security issue.
President Trump said, “I am very proud to announce today that we have reached a deal to end the shutdown and reopen the federal government."
He continued, "As everyone knows, I have a very powerful alternative but I didn’t want to use it at this time. Hopefully it will be unnecessary. I want to thank all of the incredible federal workers and their amazing families who have shown such extraordinary devotion in the face of this recent hardship."
"You are fantastic people," he continued. "You are incredible patriots, many of you have suffered far greater than anyone but your families would know or understand. And not only did you not complain, but in many cases, you encouraged me to keep going because you care so much about our country and about its border security."
This is a developing story. We will update when more information is released.
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