A sigh of relief, possibly temporary, as the government shutdown lifts, allowing 800,000 to be paid

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A short-term solution to a problem that has vexed the country for 34 days; this afternoon, President Donald Trump announcing a deal to reopen the government, although, it does not include any money to build a wall along the US-Mexico border.

Trump saying, “[The Democrats] have said they are for complete border security and they have finally and fully acknowledged that having barriers, fencing or walls, or whatever you want to call it, will be an important part of the solution.”

Minority Leader Chuck Schumer saying, “The longest shutdown in American history will finally end today.  The president has agreed to our request to open the government and then debate border security.”

Congress will still need to pass the bill after the president signs it.  During the Rose Garden announcement, Trump continued to tout the benefits of a border wall to keep migrants from crossing into the US illegally.

The president hinted that he could still invoke a national emergency to get money for the wall if Congress does not approve funding to build the structure.

Senator Pat Toomey has released the following statement after hearing the news:

“I am glad the government is reopening and 800,000 federal employees are getting paid.

Over the next three weeks, the president and Congress will have an opportunity to craft a workable solution. As I have said all along, the obvious, necessary resolution is a compromise that improves border security – including physical barriers where they make sense – and delivers on some Democrat priorities, too. I hope Democrats, who promised to negotiate in good faith if the government were open, will now compromise with the president so the country can put this frustrating episode behind us.”

Senator Bob Casey released the following statement about the lifting of the shutdown:

“President Trump has finally agreed to end the shutdown he created and that is a victory for federal workers and the American people. It should not have taken 36 days of pain to our Nation’s workers and families for President Trump to accept the same agreement that was on the table when the shutdown began. Now with the government about to reopen, Democrats and Republicans can discuss ways to effectively secure the border instead of building a wall that security experts say won’t work.” 

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