Gov­ern­ment re­opens; Trump casts pall on hope for wall deal

The Tribune (SLO) - - Front Page - BY EILEEN SULLIVAN AND ALAN BLINDER

WASH­ING­TON

Hun­dreds of thou­sands of fed­eral em­ploy­ees re­turned to work on Mon­day with a pres­i­den­tial prom­ise of a pay­check “very quickly” but no guar­an­tee that they will be work­ing in three weeks, when a tem­po­rary stop­gap of fund­ing ex­pires.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and con­gres­sional Democrats ar­rived at a short-term agree­ment late on Fri­day, re­open­ing the gov­ern­ment af­ter 35 days and the long­est gov­ern­ment shut­down in his­tory. Law­mak­ers have un­til Feb. 15 to reach a com­pro­mise on the Repub­li­can re­quest for bil­lions of dol­lars to be al­lo­cated for a border wall – a wall Democrats have re­fused to fund.

Re­fer­ring to the odds that a deal could be struck over that time, Trump told the Wall Street Journal on Sun­day, “I per­son­ally think it’s less than 50-50.” Trump said he would use emer­gency pow­ers to fund the wall if an agree­ment could not be reached.

In a stark re­minder that fed­eral em­ploy­ees were re­turn­ing to work with the knowl­edge that they might be forced to go with­out a pay­check once again next month, one fed­eral agency, the De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture, up­dated its em­ployee in­for­ma­tion web­site and said, “We will also leave some of the shut­down-re­lated ma­te­rial up for a pe­riod time, should you need to re­fer back to it.”

Richard Na­gle, a lawyer with

MANUEL BALCE CENETA AP

Trans­porta­tion Se­cu­rity Ad­min­is­tra­tion work­ers screen air­line pas­sen­gers at Rea­gan Wash­ing­ton Na­tional Air­port in Wash­ing­ton on Mon­day as fed­eral work­ers and gov­ern­ment con­tract work­ers re­turn to their jobs, end­ing the record 35-day par­tial fed­eral shut­down.

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