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UPDATE: House and Senate pass bill to reopen government

UPDATE (AP) — The House has unanimously passed a measure to reopen shuttered government agencies for three weeks, sending the bill to President Donald Trump for his signature.

Trump is expected to sign the measure Friday, ending a five-week partial government shutdown sparked by his demands for billions of dollars to build a border wall with Mexico.

The Senate passed the measure by voice vote Friday hours after Trump agreed to a deal to reopen the government through Feb. 15 while lawmakers negotiate on border security and the wall.

The measure would recall to work more than 800,000 furloughed federal workers and provide them with back pay after two missed paychecks.

Trump says he will declare a national emergency to build the wall if no deal is reached with Congress by mid-February.


UPDATE (WKOW) — A memo sent to the heads of government departments and agencies instructed them to prepare to reopen the federal government.

Margaret Weichert, deputy director for management at the Office for Management and Budget, wrote the memo which was posted on the White House’s website Friday afternoon.

“Although the partial lapse in appropriations has not ended,” Weichert wrote in reference to the shutdown, “agencies are directed to prepare for an orderly reopening.”

Weichert said department and agency heads should “prioritize restoring pay and benefits for employees.”


UPDATE (WKOW) — President Donald Trump says he’ll sign legislation shortly to reopen shuttered government departments for three weeks — until Feb. 15.

Trump’s action would end what has become a record, 35-day partial shutdown.

Some 800,000 federal workers have had to work without pay or have been kept from doing their jobs as Trump and congressional Democrats were locked in a stalemate over the billions of dollars that Trump has demanded to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Trump spoke at the White House on Friday as intensifying delays at some of the nation’s busiest airports and widespread disruptions brought new urgency to efforts to break the impasse.


WASHINGTON (WKOW) — A proposal ending the 35-day government shutdown is expected to be announced by President Donald Trump at 12:30 p.m. Central Time.

White House sources have told ABC News that the proposal is not yet a certainty, but it would reopen the government without any of the $5.7 billion dollars for a southern border wall the president had requested.

This announcement comes after two bills to reopen the government failed to pass the Senate Thursday, and government workers are set to miss their second paycheck of the shutdown today.

Sen. Lindsey Graham told reporters he and other Republicans wanted the White House to decide how to proceed.


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