Federal employees return to work after longest government shutdown in history

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Federal employees went back to work, after the longest government shutdown in history, but another shutdown could happen within the next three weeks.

Government agencies have three weeks until they’ll run out of money, again.

The White House is putting the pressure on Congress to avoid another shutdown by addressing border security.

“The question is, can they get it done, and they’ve got a short window to do it,” says Senior White House Aid Mercedes Schlapp.

The White House maintains that if Congress agrees to fund a border wall, the president is willing to compromise on immigration reform.

Michigan Democratic Representative Dan Kildee says lawmakers should ignore the president.

“I have my doubts about what the president says,” Kildee said. “And just put our heads down and do our job.”

A bi-partisan group of lawmakers will meet Wednesday to debate a border security package, but political analyst Gary Nordlinger says success is far from certain.

“The question is are both sides going to negotiate in good faith, or is still going to be a battle of the bases where each side is playing to its base,” said Nordlinger. 
 
Meanwhile, new numbers show the impact of the shutdown.

The Congressional Budget Office Estimates the cost of the nation’s economy was $11 billion.

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