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New York politicians react to Trump’s announcement ending gov shutdown

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House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader and New York Senator Chuck Schumer addressed reporters after President Trump's announcement. 

After five weeks of New York officials and federal workers across the country calling for an end to the government shutdown, President Donald Trump announced on Friday as a deal has been reached to reopen the federal government for three weeks.

The announcement came on the 35th day of the government shutdown — the longest in United States history — and after low air traffic controller staffing led to flight issues along the East Coast Friday morning.

“We’ve agreed to pass a clean three week continuing resolution to open the government,” New York State Senator Chuck Schumer told reporters after Trump’s announcement.

That resolution does not include any funding for the border wall, but Trump will continue to push for wall funding during those three weeks. Normal federal agency operations will be restored until Feb. 15, at which point, the government will either shutdown again or Trump will go around U.S. Congress in his quest for a border wall, he said.

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Though the future for federal workers beyond Feb. 15 is still uncertain, plenty of politicians in New York were excited that shutdown would end at least temporarily.

“This agreement means that the government will reopen and 800,000 federal employees will finally get paid. After over a month of increasing desperation our  dedicated public servants will get the relief and the paychecks they’re entitled to, including back pay,” said Schumer, who is also the Senate minority leader.

“From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank the federal workers who worked so selflessly this past month,” he added. “They should never have to go through this again, and we’ll do everything we can to ensure they won’t have to.”

More New York politicians reacted to Trump shutdown announcement

Gov. Andrew Cuomo reacted to the news by questioning Trump’s “art of the deal” skills.

New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson responded at first with this GIF of House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

In a follow up Tweet, Johnson added more commentary. “He caved,” Johnson wrote. “He didn’t get a single penny for his wall. But let us remember he hurt hundreds of thousands of Americans in the process.”

New York Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand weighed in, calling on officials to keep the government open even beyond Trump’s Feb. 15 deadline

Representative Grace Meng, for New York’s 6th district, said that she hopes the Democrats and Republicans find a long-term solution that doesn’t include any border wall funding. 

Representative Max Rose, who covers New York’s 11th district, also supported the shutdown’s end, and questioned the point of those 35 days federal workers went without pay.

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