As U.S. agencies reopen, lawmakers disparage shutdown tactic

As U.S. agencies reopen, lawmakers disparage shutdown tactic

Deason said he wanted Trump to go "nuclear" and keep the government closed as a way to cut the number of federal workers and would have preferred if Trump had used emergency funding to pay essential workers.

President Trump and the Democrats agreed to reopen parts of the government that had been shut down for three weeks while they talk more about border funding.

After polls showed Americans increasingly blamed him for the situation, Trump on Friday signed a measure to fund the government for three weeks as congressional negotiators try to work out a bill to fully fund it through September 30.

Trump gives into to political pressure, backs deal to end 35-day closureSuccumbing to political pressure, President Donald Trump has backed a deal to temporarily end the record-breaking government shutdown in America's history despite getting no funding for his controversial plan to build a wall along the US-Mexico border. It is the longest such shutdown in USA history.

But federal contract workers may not ever recoup the money for the time they were out of work unless Congress enacts legislation to pay them.

"I've heard people say to me, 'It looks like we really did elect the right person as speaker, '" Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., said days before Trump's surrender.

The Trump administration asked federal department heads to reopen offices in a "prompt and orderly manner" and said furloughed employees can return to work. But he maintained that Trump is ready to use emergency powers to secure the border if Democrats continue to balk at his demands.

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Normally paid every two weeks, 800,000 workers missed a second straight paycheque Friday, a situation that has reached a crisis point for thousands of American families.

Before Friday, neither the president or Democratic leaders appeared to want to budge or give up anything to end the shutdown.

The shutdown battle left scars on Trump. The president and Congress now have until February 15 to reach an agreement. Hours before Mr Trump ended the shutdown, airports on the East Coast buckled, delaying or halting flights because of a shortage of air traffic controllers, who called in sick rather than be forced to work without pay.

Polls showed voters blamed largely him for the shutdown.

Sanders tweeted, "In 21 days President @realDonaldTrump is moving forward building the wall with or without the Democrats".

We were never bullish on the shutdown, so don't count us among the shocked and outraged that it has produced nothing more than an agreement to negotiate more. "I will make sure that all employees receive their back pay very quickly, or as soon as possible".

The editorial then attacked Trump's wall supporters - who have now turned on him - who claim they care about border security but are just cashing in on the racist sentiments of his supporters. Theresa Pierno, president and CEO for the National Parks Conservation Association, said some parks suffered "terrible damage" during the shutdown. Pelosi rescinded her invitation to Trump to deliver his State of the Union speech in the House chamber on January 29, citing security concerns due to the shutdown.

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