President Trump signed a spending bill that reopened the government on Friday. The deal came 35 days into the longest shutdown in U.S. history.
The bill will fund the government until Feb. 15, giving the president and congressional leaders time to negotiate a new deal. It doesn’t include any money for a border wall.
In a speech at the Rose Garden, Trump announced he’d be ready to declare a national emergency or shutdown the government again if Democrats don’t agree to wall funding in a future spending bill.
“The wall should not be controversial,” Trump said. “Every career border patrol agent I have spoken with has told me that walls work.”
Nearly 800,000 federal workers were affected with some working without pay. Trump has promised back-pay for all workers affected by the shutdown and thanked them for not complaining and caring about their country’s border security.
Trump’s willingness to sign the spending bill came after it was clear that Democratic leaders in the House and Senate wouldn’t support any plant that included funding for a steel wall along the Mexico-U.S. border.
“No one should underestimate the speaker,” Sen. Chuck Schumer said following Trump’s announcement to sign the deal. “Our Democrats stay unified.”
Trump's full address from the Rose Garden: