President Trump Announces End to Government Shutdown

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President Trump Announces End to Government Shutdown
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President Trump Announces End to Government Shutdown
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Addressing Americans from the White House Rose Garden earlier today, President Trump announced an end to the government shutdown. The government will remain open until at least February 15th. During his speech, the president said the government may be shutdown again if Democrats refuse to fund the border wall. The president also stated he will declare a national emergency to build the wall if congress does not approve funding.

The government shutdown began December 22nd, 2018. The shutdown is a result of a conflict between Democrats and Republicans concerning the president’s request for $5.7 billion in border wall funding. Democratic leadership has insisted they are unwilling to compromise on any funding for the wall.

The shutdown seemed inevitable following President Trump’s meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer at the White House in early December. Pelosi and Schumer both said they will not provide any funding for the wall.

Some federal workers, who have remained unpaid since the shutdown began, will finally receive their back paychecks. It will also give the federal employees an opportunity to better anticipate the next government shutdown, which seems inevitable on February 15th. Even if President Trump pursues his plan to declare a national emergency to fund the wall, it’s unlikely he will have much incentive to keep the government open while his decision is being challenged by the courts.

It remains unclear how the temporary end to the government shutdown will affect President Trump’s planned State of the Union address. Yesterday, House Speaker Pelosi rejected President Trump’s request to hold the State of the Union in the Chamber of the US House of Representatives. This is the first time in history that the Speaker of the US House of Representatives has refused to allow the President of the United States to hold the State of the Union in their Chamber.

It seems unlikely that Speaker Pelosi will allow President Trump to deliver his State of the Union address in the next three weeks while the government is open. Pelosi previously invited President Trump to deliver the speech in early January, while the government was already shutdown. In her letter to the president yesterday, Pelosi claimed she did not realize the government shutdown would last so long when she originally made the invitation. The State of the Union address was scheduled for Tuesday, January 29th.

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