Government temporarily reopened after shutdown



By Jessica Irrera, MANAGING EDITOR

The longest running government shutdown in American history has come to a close after a grueling 35 days.
President Trump has temporarily reopened the government for 21 days until his administration and Congress can develop mutually agreed upon legislation and funding for security at the nation’s southwestern border.
The cessation of the historic shutdown was sparked by Trump’s signing of a stopgap funding bill on Jan. 25.
The bill provides funding to reopen parts of the federal government that kept over an estimated 800,000 workers from receiving full pay in departments like Homeland Security, National and State Parks Services, and airport security.
“In a short while, I will sign a bill to open our government for three weeks until February 15th. I will make sure employees receive their back pay very quickly, or as soon as possible,” Trump said in his speech on Jan. 25.
The measure does not include Trump’s sought after $5.7 billion for a border wall and increased security along the southwestern border. The President has not rescinded his request for funding but has postponed it until a deal can be made by Feb. 15.
“Many disagree, but I really feel that, working with Democrats and Republicans, we can make a truly great and secure deal happen for everyone. Walls should not be controversial. Our country has built 654 miles of barrier over the last 15 years and every career Border Patrol Agent I have spoken with has told me that walls work,” Trump said on Jan 25.