Congress and President Reach Deal After Shutdown-Related Flight Delays in the Northeast Escalate

By Anna Breuer on 25 January 2019
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Old Senate chamber in the Capitol

Old Senate chamber in the Capitol

Congressional leaders and President Trump reached a deal to temporarily reopen the government while negotiations over border-security funding continue, just as the U.S. government shutdown reached the 34 day- 14 hour mark.

The surprise announcement shortly after 2 p.m. in the White House Rose Garden was remarkable given that the president had made funding a wall to secure the country’s southern border a nonnegotiable condition for reopening the government.

But as the effects of the shutdown began to cause a domino effect across the country, including the slowing of air traffic on Friday because of a shortage of air-traffic controllers, who called in sick, the president had no choice but to relent.

The agreement allows Congress to pass spending bills that President Trump would sign to restore normal operations at federal agencies until February 15.  It also paves the way to begin paying the 800,000 federal workers who have gone without paychecks for 35 days.

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