The longest such shutdown in US history has left 800,000 federal workers as well as private contractors without pay and struggling to make ends meet, with the effects on government services and the economy reverberating nationwide.
A construction crew installs new sections of the U.S. -Mexico border barrier replacing smaller fences on January 11, 2019 as seen from Tijuana, Mexico.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said he had spoken to Trump about a three-week funding bill. Trump's move is a temporary concession that returns the spotlight back on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
A new funding agreement to re-open the US government was announced Friday afternoon, confirming earlier reports from the Drudge Report and The Wall Street Journal.
"Americans will be able to judge for themselves whether Democrats are truly serious about securing our border".
The New York Times reported that it was "a remarkable surrender for a president who made the wall his nonnegotiable condition for reopening the government".
Earlier today, politicians failed to reach an agreement that would have ended the longest shutdown in USA history.
The issue remains an inability to pin down exactly what the President would accept in any type of deal, the sources said, and there is still no clarity on the next steps.
Trump is demanding $5.7 billion in funds for a border wall, his signature campaign promise.
Pelosi added, "Disagreement in policy should never be a reason to shut down government".
Republicans would couple ending the 34-day shutdown with $5.7 billion for President Donald Trump's border wall and revamping immigration laws.
Afterward, a bipartisan group of lawmakers said they were introducing an amendment in the Senate to temporarily reopen the roughly one-quarter of the federal government affected by the longest shutdown in USA history. The president on Friday then announced he was endorsing a short-term spending bill to end the shutdown and thanked government employees for their dedication and hard work.
Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said he wanted to hear what Trump had to say before he would assume there was an iron-clad deal.
Senator Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, was one of a handful of Republicans who voted for both bills, and he called on congressional leaders and the White House to thrash out their differences quickly.
The Democratic proposal attracted two more votes than the Trump-backed Republican plan, but both fell well short of the 60 needed to advance. Even if this bill passes the Senate, President Donald Trump is unlikely to sign it.
He asserted that "barrier or walls will be an important part of the solution".
"Our proposed structures will be in predetermined, high-risk locations that have been specifically identified by the Border Patrol to stop illicit flows of people and drugs", Trump said. Prospects for a compromise are dim, as a tit-for-tat battle between Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been escalating.