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by Sharon Rondeau

The Rose Garden at the White House in the spring

(Jan. 25, 2019) — At 1:08 p.m. EST, Harris Faulkner of Fox News reported that President Trump will be speaking at 1:30 p.m. in the Rose Garden about the partial government shutdown, now in its 35th day.

Earlier Friday, air traffic to New York’s LaGuardia Airport was halted due to a shortage in air traffic controllers, CBS reported.

Just after Faulkner’s announcement, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) told her in an interview that “a deal is in the air” but that he was not certain as to what it entails.

Furloughed federal workers missed a second paycheck on Friday.

At 1:14, Faulkner quoted White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders as having confirmed Trump’s 1:30 address, which she said will be “an open press event.”

Faulkner went on to relate the “components of a deal” between Congress and the White House to end the shutdown, for which Trump took responsibility prior to the breakdown of negotiations to fund all government agencies while also providing funding for the wall Trump wishes to build on the border between the United States and Mexico.

Because Congress has not passed a budget in many years, Continuing Resolutions (CRs) must be passed and signed by the president to fund the government.

Throughout the partial government shutdown, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has said she will not raise a bill in the chamber which funds a barrier or wall on the border.  The House is adjourned until Monday after passing six appropriations bills Wednesday with the intent of reopening all government agencies but containing no funding for the wall.

As of 1:25 p.m., speculation included that Trump will announce his intent to approve a temporary CR which would reopen closed agencies, which include the Customs & Border Protection (CBP) agency And parts of the USDA, Justice Department, FBI, IRS, the Smithsonian, the National Archives, and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).  Whether or not the potential CR contains a “down-payment” for the wall, as has been f;pated in recent days in the context of U.S. Senate shutdown negotiations, is unknown.

At 1:32 p.m., Fox News White House correspondent Kevin Corke said he was receiving “conflicting reports” on the content of the CR.


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