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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer are holding a press conference shortly after President Trump announced a deal to reopen the federal government. The House and Senate are expected to vote on a continuing resolution (CR) that will keep the government open for three weeks to negotiate over funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and a border wall or barrier.
Schumer began the conference by thanking federal employees for working without pay during the shutdown, despite the "callous" treatment of the Trump administration which he said "belittled" workers' financial struggles.
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"We cannot ever hold American workers hostage again," Schumer said.
Pelosi said that she looked forward to working in a "bipartisan, bicameral way" to pass bills to reopen the government. She also praised Democrats for holding firm on opposing a border wall during the shutdown.
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"We're grateful to Democrats on both sides of the Capitol for their unity. It's sad, though, that it's taken so long to come to an obvious conclusion," Pelosi said. "Disagreement on policy should never be a reason to shut down the government."
Pelosi said she was "optimistic" that the government would not shut down again at the end of the three-week CR. However, she seemed to reiterate her opposition to a border wall. She also said that "the state of the union is not planned now."
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Pelosi had urged the president to postpone the State of the Union address until the government was reopened, which...
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