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Trump signs bill to temporarily reopen government

Jan. 26, 2019 11:04 A.M. (Updated: Jan. 30, 2019 10:21 A.M.)
WASHINGTON (Ma'an) -- United States President Donald Trump submitted to worldwide pressure and signed a bill agreeing to reopen the federal government for three weeks, backing down from his demand that Congress provide money for his proposed border wall.

Trump demanded $5.7 billion to build the border wall with Mexico before he agreed to end the partial closure, however, he signed a stopgap spending bill on Friday night, restoring normal operations at a series of federal agencies until February 15th.

The measure puts an end to the longest government shutdown in US history.

Trump said in a statement, "I will sign a bill to open our government for three weeks. We have reached a deal to end the shutdown."

He also mentioned, "a bipartisan conference committee of House and Senate lawmakers and leaders" will work to "put together a homeland security package for me to shortly sign into law."

"Over the next 21 days, I expect that both Democrats and Republicans will operate in good faith," Trump added.

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