Shutdown deal may be in hand; Trump to make remarks

President Trump will address reporters about the partial government shutdown from the White House, a sign there may be a deal to end the impasse.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump would address reporters from the Rose Garden at 1:30, but the president had yet to come out at 2 p.m.

A Senate source said Trump is looking at a three week to 45-day stopgap measure that would reopen the government and allow negotiations to continue on funding a wall on the Mexican border — the issue that led to the shutdown. The bill would not include funds for the wall. 

{mosads}Details of the proposal are in flux, however, and won’t be final until Trump speaks, the source said. 

A second source also said talks were centered on a three-week stopgap.

The Senate source said Trump may also announce on Friday a backstop — such as declaring a national emergency if Congress fails to produce a result at the end of the stopgap. 

And a Democratic source on Capitol Hill described the tentative deal as a three-week stopgap that would also include a commitment for the House and Senate to set up a conference committee of negotiators to debate legislation on border security that would also fund the Department of Homeland Security. 

This source, like others who spoke with The Hill, warned that no deal would be final until Trump actually signed off on it.

Reports of the deal circulated in a variety of media on Friday afternoon. 

NBC News reported that a deal in principle had been reached on a stopgap measure to open the government up to Feb. 15. 

The conservative Drudge Report reported the government would be reopened “temporarily” and that a deal had been reached, while CBS reporter Major Garrett tweeted that senior administration officials expected Trump to endorse a short-term funding bill to reopen the government and end the partial shutdown. 

The White House has repeatedly refused to officially confirm anything, but preparations are being made for some kind of announcement in the Rose Garden. A riser has been set up, ropes put in place, and a teleprompter has been placed facing the Oval Office.

Pressure to reach a deal increased on Republicans and the White House on Thursday after several GOP senators pressed Vice President Pence to end the shutdown during a closed-door luncheon. 

Later, six GOP senators voted for a stopgap measure to reopen the government. 

{mossecondads}On Friday, flights were temporarily halted at New York’s LaGuardia Airport because of staffing issues related to the shutdown. 

Air traffic controllers and other federal employees missed their second paychecks on Friday since the shutdown began on Dec. 22. 

About 800,000 federal workers have been either furloughed or are working without pay since the partial shutdown began.

Several senators said ahead of Trump’s announcement that they thought the Senate could pass a deal as soon as Friday if the president signs on. 

“My hope would be is that whatever is done could be done by a unanimous consent,” said Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), who is on McConnell’s leadership team. 

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) separately told reporters that he thought the Senate could take something up Friday or over the weekend by a voice vote, which wouldn’t require senators who have already left town to come back. 

The shutdown began after Trump demanded more than $5 billion in funding for a wall on the Mexican border, which Democrats refused.

Congressional Democratic leaders have said they are willing to negotiate on border security, but only after the shutdown ends.

Public opinion polls have shown more people are blaming Trump for the shutdown than Democrats.

This story was updated at 2:05 p.m.

Jordain Carney contributed. 

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