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Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) wants to avoid another government shutdown. That's the pointed message he sent President Donald Trump as he spoke from the dais after the Senate's official morning prayer to open Senate business.

"Let’s all pray that the president will have wisdom to sign the bill so government doesn’t shut down,” Grassley said in his capacity as presiding officer of the Senate.

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US President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC on February 12, 2019. (Photo by Mandel NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Word emerged earlier this week that Congressional negotiators had come to a tentative agreement to fund the government and ensure we avoid another government shutdown.

Donald Trump had signaled he would likely reluctantly sign the agreement, even though it didn't have the $5.7 billion in wall funding, “barring any drafting surprises or last-minute additions by Democrats,” officials close to Trump told NBC News. The president said he would be “looking for landmines" in the final draft of the legislation.

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US President Donald Trump inspects border wall prototypes in San Diego, California on March 13, 2018. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

As many know by now, the United States government shut down for nearly 35 days—the longest shutdown in American history—due to President Donald Trump's insistence on $5.7 billion to fund a wall at the southern border.

While the United States was still in the throes of the shutdown, the National Republican Congressional Committee—which "is dedicated to defeating Democrats and taking back the House in 2020"—asked Americans on Twitter if a wall should be built at the southern border.

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After 41 days without a White House Press Briefing, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders took to the podium once again to address reporters' questions regarding the government shutdown, Roger Stone's arrest, negotiations with Democrats, and a slew of other topics that had taken the United States by storm since the last press briefing.

From the very beginning of the briefing, Sanders—who is infamous for lying for the President from the podium—began with

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US President Donald Trump inspects border wall prototypes with Chief Patrol Agent Rodney S. Scott in San Diego, California on March 13, 2018. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

As the government reopened after a closure of nearly 35 days, longest shutdown in American history, the Congressional Budget Office released its estimate of the total cost, and the results.

The office estimates a total loss of $11 billion, most of which will be recovered with federal employees returning to work. However, the report states that $3 billion has likely been permanently lost:

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On Friday, President Donald Trump announced a deal with Democrats to re-open the government for three weeks while negotiations on border security continue. The interim funding will allow federal employees in the nine agencies impacted by the shutdown to get paid and go back to work, but Ann Coulter immediately criticized the decision.

While most people in the United States applaud an end to the financial hardships being faced due to Trump's power play to force Congress to give him the billions of dollars he wants for his border wall, not everyone sees the greater good as motivation for compromise.

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After President Donald Trump declared an end to the longest government shutdown in American history Friday afternoon, former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly showered praise onto the president. It did not go well.

Trump agreed to sign a continuing resolution opening the federal government until February 15, giving Congress 21 days to pass legislation for his desired border wall or "barrier." If a deal to the president's liking is not presented, Trump threatened another partial shutdown and possibly even declaring a state of national emergency.

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