President Trump announced Friday that he and lawmakers have reached an agreement to end the 35-day partial shutdown of the federal government and reopen it until Feb. 15, while a committee composed of lawmakers from both parties negotiates a border security plan.

Key points:

  • As early as today, Congress is expected to pass a three-week temporary spending measure that will fund the government until Feb. 15.
  • Government functions should resume immediately thereafter.
  • If the committee does not reach a consensus on border security, the government could shut down again on Feb. 15.

BAL Analysis: Immigration-related services that were suspended during the shutdown will resume, but the stop-gap measure merely postpones the budget debate for three weeks.   

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