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U.S. govt. will re-open for three weeks

A TEMPORARY deal to end the 35-day partial shutdown of the federal government was announced on Friday.

A deal to end the partial shutdown of the federal government was announced on Friday.

According to the Associated Press, the agreement is only good until Feb. 15. President Donald Trump said he would sign legislation that would end a 35-day stretch in which 800,000 federal workers stayed home or worked without pay.

Details of the agreement between the president and Congress have not been officially released, but it’s said the deal would provide funding to reopen government agencies for three weeks but not include money for the U.S.-Mexico border wall requested by the president.

It will also include back pay for furloughed workers.

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

The president has suggested that he might declare a national emergency at the border and use allocated but unspent federal funds to build the barrier.  Democrats and other opponents of the wall have suggested they may sue to block that action.

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