Short-Term Deal Reached to Reopen Federal Government

On January 25, the House and Senate passed a three-week continuing resolution (CR) to end the partial government shutdown, which the President then signed into law. The CR runs through February 15 and gives Congress and the Trump Administration time to reach a deal on border security funding. A conference committee will be formed to negotiate such a deal.

About one-quarter of federal agencies were closed during the 35-day shutdown. The main contention is the President’s request for $5.7 billion for a barrier/wall on the Southern Border. Democrats in both chambers of Congress have refused to vote for legislation which includes wall funding. The funding levels under the new CR are commensurate with levels under the FY 2018 omnibus spending package. President Trump has stated that he has not ruled out another shutdown if no agreement is reached on border security. The President has also hinted he may declare a national emergency to reallocate existing funds for the barrier/wall if no agreement is reached.

Additionally, the State of the Union which was originally scheduled for the night of January 29thand then postponed during the shutdown, has been rescheduled for next week, on February 5th.