Democrats Cheer After Trump Agrees To Deal Ending Government Shutdown

Democrats are claiming victory after President Trump announced Friday he’s agreed to a deal to reopen the government for three weeks without any funding for his border wall — though he vowed he will ultimately get it.

Trump signed a bill Friday night that will allow federal workers to receive back pay and reopen the government until Feb. 15, while a bipartisan conference committee hashes out a deal on border security.

The announcement came 35 days into the longest government shutdown in the nation’s history, as 800,000 federal workers, who were furloughed or forced to work without pay, were set to miss a second paycheck and airport delays mounted due to a lack of air traffic controllers.

Those employees will receive their back pay “very quickly, or as soon as possible,” Trump said. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she will discuss a date for Trump’s postponed State of the Union address once the government is open.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Trump was bested by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: “No one should ever underestimate the speaker, as Donald Trump has learned.”

But Republican strategist Ford O’Connell said Trump has played it right.

“The shutdown was becoming a bigger distraction than the crisis on the border,” O’Connell said. Now, he said, Trump has three weeks to “make his case to the American people.”

“The Democrats say over and over they’re concerned about border security. The next three weeks we’re going to find out exactly how serious they are,” O’Connell said.

Read more from Lisa Kashinsky at the Boston Herald

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