- The Washington Times - Friday, January 25, 2019

President Trump signed legislation Friday night ending the longest government shutdown in history, but with no funding for his border wall.

The president signed the measure behind closed doors at the White House to reopen the government until Feb. 15. The House and Senate approved the legislation earlier in the day.

The move ends the partial shutdown that began on Dec. 22, and will allow 800,000 federal employees to receive paychecks again plus back pay.

The deal, which calls for House and Senate negotiators to hash out funding for the Homeland Security department and possibly for a border barrier, is essentially the same agreement that Mr. Trump had rejected early in the shutdown. But he backed off his demand for $5.7 billion for a wall Friday as air travel became snarled due to a shortage of air-traffic controllers.

The president said he made no “concessions” and was acting out of consideration for “millions of people who were getting badly hurt” by the shutdown.

But supporters accused him of “caving” to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Some noted that just three weeks ago, White House ally Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, had said Mr. Trump would never sign a bill without guaranteed border wall funding.

“If he gives in now, that’s the end of 2019 in terms of him being an effective president,” Mr. Graham said at the time. “That’s probably the end of his presidency.”

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