Updated Jan. 25

President Trump agreed on Friday to reopen the federal government for three weeks while negotiations proceed over how to secure the nation’s southern border. The move was a surprise retreat after a monthlong standoff with Democrats over billions of dollars for his proposed border wall.

Mr. Trump’s announcement paved the way for Congress to quickly pass spending bills that he would sign to restore normal operations at a series of federal agencies until Feb. 15 and begin paying again the 800,000 federal workers who have been furloughed or forced to work without paychecks. Read more here.

The news came after flights were delayed in the Northeast, with the Federal Aviation Administration blaming it on a shortage of air traffic controllers as a result of the government shutdown. Additionally, federal employees missed another paycheck Friday.

[See how the effects of the government shutdown have piled up.]

Over the next three weeks, a House-Senate conference committee representing both parties will try to reach a consensus on a border security plan.


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