President Donald Trump and congressional leaders have reached a deal to reopen the government for three weeks and end the longest U.S. funding lapse ever, Trump announced Friday.
In remarks at the White House, Trump said he hopes to sign the measure as soon as Friday, the 35th day of the partial shutdown. It would restart government operations through Feb. 15 — without the money he has demanded to build his proposed border wall. Both chambers of Congress passed the legislation Friday, sending it to Trump for expected approval.
Both major parties will set up a conference committee to put together a Homeland Security appropriations bill once the government reopens. However, Trump threatened to let the government shut down again — or declare a national emergency to bypass Congress — if lawmakers do not reach a border security deal he likes.
"We really have no choice but to build a powerful wall or steel barrier," the president said in the White House Rose Garden. "If we don't get a fair deal from Congress, the government will either shut down on Feb. 15 again or I will use the powers afforded to me under the laws and the Constitution of the United States to address this emergency."