The government shutdown is over
The longest ever shutdown of the U.S. government is over.
President Trump tonight signed the continuing resolution that provides funding until Feb. 15.
The bill was signed in private tonight, without reporters present.
Both the Senate and the House approved a measure to temporarily reopen the federal government. The plan — which President Trump announced earlier today — will fund the government through Feb. 15.
What happens now: The measure is heading to Trump's desk for his signature. Once it is signed, it will put an end to the longest government shutdown in US history.
President Trump tonight is trying to push back on the way today’s agreement to reopen the government is being portrayed.
He tweeted moments ago:
“I wish people would read or listen to my words on the Border Wall. This was in no way a concession. It was taking care of millions of people who were getting badly hurt by the Shutdown with the understanding that in 21 days, if no deal is done, it’s off to the races!”
The House of Representatives just passed a continuing resolution to fund the government until Feb. 15.
The measure was passed by the Senate earlier today. Now, it heads to President Trump's desk for his signature.
Over the past few days, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been in “constant contact” with Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer as he had discussions with Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell on a path forward, according to a senior Democratic aide. The two regularly consulted as those discussions proceeded.
Throughout this shutdown, Pelosi made clear that the first step would be to reopen government and only then conduct negotiation. This aide says it was “a position the President finally embraced today.”
This aide pointed to the 11 votes to reopen government since the Democrats took control on Jan. 3 as a key part of the strategy by Pelosi. To do so many appropriations votes — starting with the individual Senate Republican bills — ultimately led to “unsustainable pressure on Senate Republicans.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke with President Trump twice on Thursday — and Trump made the decision late Thursday that he wanted the shutdown to end, per a person familiar with their conversations
The first call came after a contentious Senate GOP lunch where Republican senators vented frustration at Vice President Mike Pence about the lack of strategy to get out of the shutdown. McConnell told Trump that it was unclear how much longer he could get GOP senators to hold the line — especially if there were another round of votes to end the shutdown.
A few hours later, Trump called McConnell back with a new perspective: Trump made clear he wanted the shutdown to end, which led to the deal that was approved by Congress Friday.
What's unclear, according to the source, is what exactly got Trump to change his mind in the intervening hours between their two phone calls.
The House will vote at 6:30 p.m. ET on the continuing resolution to end the government shutdown, a Democratic aide tells CNN.
They'll also be voting on a Department of Homeland Security bill. Both are expected to pass with unanimous consent.
After that, the resolution to fund the government will head to President Trump's desk for his signature.