In an announcement from the White House, President Trump announced that he has agreed to a deal that will reopen the federal government through Feb. 15. He also announced that federal workers will get their back-pay “quickly”.
He said he has heard from enough Democrats and Republicans over the past 35 days (the longest federal government shutdown in history) that they are willing to put aside partisanship aside to come to an agreement on border security through a wall, a fence, or some type of barrier.
American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall said in a release:
“We are encouraged that the federal government will be re-opened for three weeks while Congress and the administration work on a permanent budget solution. At our annual meeting last week, our delegate body from 50 states and Puerto Rico called on President Trump, Speaker Pelosi and all leadership to move quickly to put this shutdown behind us. Farmers have crops to plant, animals to raise and food to sell. We need the Agriculture Department and the rest of the federal government up and running to do the job the American people need us to do.
“We also want to express our great appreciation to the thousands of federal employees at USDA and other agencies who put in long hours without pay these last several weeks to ensure our country was protected and that the services farmers and ranchers depend on remained available.”
Indiana Republican Senators Todd Young and Mike Braun weighed in with Young saying, “The President’s announcement today is an encouraging step forward. I will continue working with the President and my colleagues in the Senate to advance policies that keep our government funded, secure our border, and protect our national security.” Braun added, “President Trump continues to keep his promise of putting America First and I fully support this legislation that will reopen the government while working with him on border security measures that will protect Hoosier families.”