Trump to reopen government for 3 weeks
SAN SEBASTIAN, Puerto Rico – Gov. Ricardo Rosselló Nevares said Friday that he is happy about the announcement of a temporary reopening of the U.S. government.
“I haven’t read” the news, he said while visiting the town of San Sebastían to preside over the beginning of restoration work on PR-445. “But if [the news is] in fact correct, happy. Glad that we can restore the role of reconstruction more effectively,” the governor replied to the press.
“It’s not that the reconstruction stopped at any time, but the intensity…dropped a bit. Although the workers who were here, were doing the job,” he added.
“Overall, glad. The anxiety of Puerto Rican families and hundreds of thousands of families throughout the United States should ease now that we can be certain they will receive a check, that they will work and yield results for the progress of Puerto Rico and the entire nation,” he said.
President Trump announced he had reached an agreement that could end the partial government shutdown, which lasted a record 34 days, amid an impasse with Democrats in Congress, who would not vote for allocating $5.7 billion to construct more barriers at the Mexican border after Trump did not enact legislation passed to finance government operations.
“I have reached an agreement,” Trump said at a Rose Garden press conference.
He explained that he will sign a bill to reopen the government for three weeks and thus pay federal employees retroactively.
A bipartisan conference committee will begin looking for safety recommendations, he added.
–Caribbean Business contributed to this report.