WASHINGTON — The House has unanimously passed a measure to reopen shuttered government agencies for three weeks and President Donald Trump has signed it, reopening the government.
Trump was expected to sign the measure Friday, ending a five-week partial government shutdown sparked by his demands for billions of dollars to build a border wall with Mexico.
The Senate passed the measure by voice vote Friday hours after Trump agreed to a deal to reopen the government through Feb. 15 while lawmakers negotiate on border security and the wall.
The measure would recall to work more than 800,000 furloughed federal workers and provide them with back pay after two missed paychecks.
Trump said he will declare a national emergency to build the wall if no deal is reached with Congress by mid-February.
Trump has tweeted his response today's events:
I wish people would read or listen to my words on the Border Wall. This was in no way a concession. It was taking care of millions of people who were getting badly hurt by the Shutdown with the understanding that in 21 days, if no deal is done, it’s off to the races!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2019