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President Donald Trump announces a deal to temporarily reopen the government, in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., smile during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, after President Donald Trump announces a deal to reopen the government for three weeks. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Hispanic pastors in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks to reporters as he walks out of the Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, after President Donald Trump says a deal has been made to reopen the government for three weeks. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., leaves the chamber as President Donald Trump and congressional leaders reached a short-term deal to reopen the government for three weeks, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. Negotiations will continue over the president's demands for money to build his long-promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, Jan 25, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has signed a bill that temporarily opens the federal government for three weeks, ending the longest shutdown in U.S. history at 35 days.

The White House says Trump signed the measure after the Senate and House each passed it Friday.

Trump backed down from his demand that Congress provide more border wall money before federal agencies get back to work. But he warns that the government could shut down again “if we don’t get a fair deal from Congress.”

He is also holding out the possibility of taking executive action.

The agreement to open the government came as about 800,000 federal employees missed their second consecutive paycheck.

As part of the deal, a bipartisan committee of House and Senate lawmakers is being formed to review border security recommendations.