I will sign a bill to open our government for three weeks until 15 February – Trump

The US Senate and the House of Representatives voted unanimously on Friday to end a 35-day partial federal government shutdown with legislation to temporarily fund many agencies, but without the $5.7bn President Donald Trump had demanded for the current financial year to help build a wall on the US-Mexico border.

Late on Friday, Trump signed the bill, which will provide funding through February 15 and end the longest government shutdown in the US history.

Earlier in the day, in an apparent about-face on his demand for the wall funding, Trump announced that a deal had been reached.

“I am very proud to announce today that we have reached a deal to end the shutdown and reopen the federal government,” Trump said at the White House.

Trump said in the meantime a bipartisan committee of legislators would meet to discuss the nation’s border security needs.

“In a short while, I will sign a bill to open our government for three weeks until February 15. I will make sure that all employees receive their back pay very quickly, or as soon as possible,” Trump said.

The president first allowed the partial shutdown to go into effect in December after Democrats refused to approve the billions of dollars in funding for a wall along the US-Mexico border.