The former vice president and 2020 hopeful said the GOP-led efforts to limit abortion rights in several states had prompted his change of heart.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) interrupted Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on the floor to announce that President Donald Trump intends to both sign the government funding bill and declare a national emergency over his border wall.
The president will also sign a spending bill that would avoid a second government shutdown.
Trump has agreed to sign a bill that will temporarily fund the government and end history's longest federal shutdown.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticized Trump for governing “by temper tantrum.”
In a rare primetime Oval Office address, President Donald Trump called on Congress to provide $5.7 billion in border wall funding and blamed Democrats for the ongoing partial government shutdown.
The president had threatened a veto just hours earlier.
The government shut down on the one-year anniversary of Trump’s presidency over an impasse on immigration.
It also includes funding for Flint, Michigan, and expedited consideration of the waiver needed to make Gen. James Mattis the Defense Secretary.
With funding for the federal government expiring Friday, Democrats warned that Republicans have not bothered to negotiate with them, and warned they would not just accept a last-minute bill laden with irrelevant add-ons.