President Trump announces 3 week deal in order for federal workers to receive back-pay

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President Donald Trump walks from the Oval Office to speak in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, Jan 25, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

President Donald Trump announced Friday that there is a potential deal to reopen the government for three weeks– a move that comes weeks after a protracted shutdown.

“I am very proud to announce today that we have reached a deal to end the shutdown and reopen the federal government,” Trump said on Friday.

Both the House and the Senate need to vote on the matter and are expected to take up the measure relatively soon.

Congress has been trying to come to a deal to reopen the government, ending the longest shutdown in U.S. history.

After Democrats rejected a proposal to temporarily reopen government with a pro-rated amount of border wall funding Thursday evening, Sen. Lindsey Graham told reporters Friday morning that Republican senators were looking to the White House to decide the next move.

Bipartisan talks about a possible short-term compromise – a three-week stopgap funding bill to reopen the government – began late Thursday between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

A Senate Republican leadership aide says the GOP is “very wary” of President Trump, pointing out McConnell has been stung by Trump before. The aide is adamant that the president won’t announce a “McConnell deal” – this is a “President-Democrats deal.”

Aides to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Schumer did not immediately react in anticipation of the president’s announcement, though two sources close to Pelosi say she has not spoken to Trump since he walked out of a meeting in the Situation Room with congressional leaders on January 10.

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