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Senate expected to pass bill to end shutdown on Friday

President Trump said Friday he will back a short-term funding bill to reopen the government that does not include funds to construct the border wall.

“I am very proud to announce today that we have reached a deal to end the shutdown and re-open the federal government,” Trump said.

The president said he would sign a bill that would reopen the government for three weeks. In that period, he said, a bipartisan committee of House and Senate lawmakers will meet to develop a funding proposal for Homeland Security.

The Senate is expected to take up a three-week stopgap bill to end the partial government shutdown later Friday.

Trump warned he may declare a national emergency if a deal isn’t reached in the next three weeks.

“If we don’t get a fair deal from Congress, the government will either shut down on Feb. 15 again or I will use the powers afforded to me under the laws and the Constitution of the United States to address this emergency,” he said.

The agreement locked down by Trump and congressional leadership would reopen the portion of government that has been closed since Dec. 22 and fund it until Feb. 15. In exchange, Congress would go to conference on the DHS funding bill.


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