Friday’s deal sought to reopen the nine shuttered federal departments through Feb. 15 and provide back pay to roughly 800,000 federal workers who had missed two paychecks because of the 35-day standoff.
The agreement also bought a bipartisan group of lawmakers time to negotiate on border security funding and the wall.
U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., who had previously raised alarms about the local impact of the shutdown and voted Thursday in favor of a Democratic plan to end the shutdown, said he hoped lawmakers could "sit down and negotiate in earnest to secure our border and get the government back in operating order."
Democratic leaders on Friday did not say whether they would ultimately be willing to approve any money for a border wall, the central ask by Trump and many Georgia Republicans. And the president said in no uncertain terms late Friday that he was willing to declare a national emergency to secure money to build the wall. It's possible that under such a designation, federal money for Georgia projects, including the Savannah port, could be diverted.
“If Democrats refuse to work with us to tackle this national priority over the next few weeks, President Trump will do what is necessary to protect America,” said Perdue, whose office said he was in “ongoing conversations” with the president over the past 24 hours.”
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