UPDATE: Government Lapse of Appropriations and Shutdown Status
After 35 days of closure, with multiple House bills debated and passed, and Senate bills debated, President Trump called a press conference the afternoon of Jan. 25 relating to ending the government shutdown. Standing in the Rose Garden, the president announced a deal to reopen the government for three weeks and provide for ongoing fiscal negotiations:
- Clean Continuing Resolution that reopens government, including vital programs like EB-5, to Feb. 15;
- No designated “wall” funding;
- Creates a legislative path for Department of Homeland Security appropriations to be conferenced and negotiated;
- Calls for two resolutions; one to open all of government and one as the DHS Appropriations Conference vehicle;
- Includes specific back-pay provision for federal employees.