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|January 27, 2019|
Short-term spending bill reopens government, but no border wall funds
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump signed a three-week spending bill Friday, ending the longest government shutdown in U.S. history but leaving the battle over his proposed border wall unresolved.
"After 36 days of spirited debate and dialogue, I see that Democrats and Republicans are willing to put partisanship aside, I think, and put the American people first," Trump said earlier in the day in a Rose Garden announcement. "This is an opportunity for all parties to work together for the benefit of this beautiful nation."
The bill, approved by both houses of Congress earlier in the day, will fund the government through Feb. 15, but it does not include money for the construction of Trumpís proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall. The president said that a bipartisan committee would be formed to evaluate border security, but, contrary to previous claims, he was not asking for a concrete wall along the entire U.S.-Mexico border.
"We do not need 2,000 miles of concrete wall from sea to shining sea. We never proposed that," he said.
The legislative action came shortly after incoming flights to New York's LaGuardia airport were delayed because of staffing issues, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
The FAA also said that departure delays at LaGuardia, as well as Philadelphia and Newark airports, were due to air traffic control staffing shortages.
Speaking to reporters at the Capitol on Friday after Trump's announcement, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Trump agreed to Democratic demands to separate the discussion on reopening the government from border security. He said he hoped Trump had "learned his lesson."
Story Date: January 26, 2019