Trump expected to back short-term government funding bill


"I am very proud to announce today that we have reached a deal to end the shutdown and reopen the federal government", Trump - who days earlier had insisted "We will not Cave!" - said in the White House Rose Garden on a chilly, sunny winter day.

President Donald Trump said on Friday he has reached a tentative agreement with USA lawmakers for three weeks in stop-gap funding that would end a partial U.S. government shutdown now in its 35th day, with a senior Democratic aide saying money the president demanded for a border wall is not included.

Trump is refusing to reopen the government until he gets a deal on funding for his long-sought border wall.

"If we don't get a fair deal from Congress, the government will either shut down on February 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".

The longest government shutdown in US history will continue after the Senate took up two separate bills, with both failing to garner enough votes to pass.

They are expected to miss their second bi-monthly paycheck tomorrow, and many are now relying on relied on loans, credit card debt, and selling their possessions to get by.

The defeated Republican proposal included the $5.7 billion that Trump demanded for the border wall as well as his proposal to give a three-year reprieve for deportation for about 700,000 people who had come illegally to this country as children and about 300,000 who had received temporary asylum as their countries suffered natural calamities like the Nepal quake or violent unrest. Trump, who considered giving the speech at another venue, conceded late on Wednesday and said he would deliver the speech in the House in the "near future".

Democrats and other critics doubt or deny the country even needs such a barrier, accusing Trump of twisting facts and figures to overstate the scope of any problem along the country's southern border.

Pressure to end the shutdown increased on Friday after air traffic was delayed at two New York-area airports - LaGuardia and Newark - in addition to Philadelphia International Airport due to staffing issues at a Federal Aviation Administration regional air traffic control center.

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He said that he has a "powerful alternative" that he "did not want to use" while maintaining his support for the wall.

The US Senate, controlled by Trump's fellow Republicans, planned votes for Thursday on competing proposals that face steep odds to end the shutdown.

U.S. lawmakers and the White House were under intense pressure to resolve the impasse, as hundreds of thousands of federal workers headed into a second month without paychecks, and the political stalemate began to disrupt some of the nation's busiest airports.

But in a sign of cracks in that resolve, or a desire for compromise, six Republican senators voted with Democrats on their measure to temporarily reopen government agencies without money for Trump's wall. "So going forward, I hope our Democratic friends will stay true to their commitment they stated constantly over the past weeks, that once government was reopened, they'd be perfectly willing to negotiate in good faith on a full-year government funding bill that will include a significant investment in urgently needed border security measures, including physical barriers".

The Senate also rejected a Democratic spending bill, which has passed the House 231-180.

The bill also called for funding for 750 more Border Patrol agents, 375 additional Customs and Border Protection officers and 2,000 more Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and support staffers.

The statement could indicate a shift from Trump's initial demand for at least US$5.7 billion in funding for the project, which Democrats oppose. The White House expressed openness to the plan, but said it must include a "large down payment" for the President's border wall.

Polls have shown that the public is blaming Trump for the shutdown and his approval numbers have sunk as the impasse drags on.