On Friday, Donald Trump announced that he had reached a deal with Democrats to end the government shutdown. The deal is a temporary spending bill and it will keep the government open for 3 weeks. The proposed bill will not provide any funding to the border wall. “I am very proud to announce today that we have reached a deal to end the shutdown and re-open the federal government,” Trump said in this announcement. “As everyone knows, I have a very powerful alternative, but I didn’t want to use it at this time.”
The bill later passed the House and the Senate. The government will finally open if Trump signs the bill, which he is expected to do. If the situation for border wall funding is not resolved by February 15th, there will be yet another government shutdown.
The current government shutdown has been the longest in US history. Over 800,000 federal employees have not received a paycheck in 5 weeks and many national parks have been closed down. Another shutdown like this could happen if the two parties can’t agree on another spending bill by Mid-February.