Government shutdown ends as Trump signs short-term bill

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KXAN/AP) — After 35 days, President Donald Trump announced a deal has been reached between the White House and Congress to end the partial shut down of the United States government, and he signed a bill Friday night officially reopening the government.

The government will re-open for three weeks, until Feb. 15, under the terms of the deal. It does not include funding for a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. The bill passed the House and Senate before Trump signed it, reopening the government after the longest shutdown in history.

“I want to thank all of the federal workers and their families who have shown such extraordinary devotion in the face of this recent hardship,” Trump said. “You are fantastic people, you are incredible patriots.”

During the shutdown, 800,000 federal workers missed two paychecks. Trump said they will be repaid under a bill passed Jan. 11 that requires all employees to be paid as soon as possible once the government reopens.

But thousands of unpaid federal contract workers are not included in the provisions of the bill. Some federal workers were furloughed, while others determined to be in necessary roles continued reporting to work. 

As the shutdown continued, airports reported Transportation Security Agency workers and air traffic controllers calling in sick, which contributed to delays at some of the country’s busiest airports, the Associated Press reported.

The shutdown began midnight Dec. 22 after lawmakers could not come to an agreement on a bill to fund government spending. Both sides issued mutually exclusive demands that held up negotiations. President Donald Trump previously refused to reopen the government until Congress allocated more money for a border wall and congressional Democrats rejected the idea of bargaining until the government reopened.

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