ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken have voted for emergency legislation allowing the government to borrow more money and avoid a U.S. government default.

The legislation combining a debt limit increase and spending cuts cleared the Senate 74-26 on Tuesday after months of paralysis over the issue.

President Barack Obama signed it into law hours before the government would have run out of money to pay all its bills.

There was little suspense in the yes votes from Klobuchar and Franken because both Democrats had said a day earlier they planned to support the legislation.

A House vote Monday was more dramatic, splitting Minnesota’s 8-member delegation and revealing intraparty divisions among both Republicans and Democrats.

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Comments (11)
  1. TPaw says:

    Shame on them. Shelly told us this is not a good idea. We need to trip the light fandago with Marcus according to Ms B.

  2. Give me liberty says:

    No meaningful cuts, only a reduction in proposed new spending. Largest debt increase in history. Business as usual in Washington. We are all doomed.

  3. Cache says:

    Disgrace on Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken who have voted for legislation allowing the government to borrow more money…they have joined in with others and have just put us on the Race course to collapse and ruin!

  4. soapboxgod says:

    Dear Sen. Klobuchar,

    If you spent half as much time protecting the Minnesotans from the onslaught of perpetual and insurmountable debt as you were/are with protecting them from Chinese manufactured toys, we might actually be making some inroads.

    As such you did not. You are an embarassment to the state in much the same manner you were an embarassment to Hennepin county as a prosecutor.

  5. NB says:

    dear soupboxgod……. you know not what you speak of….. igiot
    Its better to remain slight and thought a fool then to open ones mouth and remove all doubt which you just did

    1. Yeah... says:

      Dear NB, if you are going to call someone an “igiot” you better make damn sure your grammar is impeccable.

  6. Cache says:

    Dear NB… but soapboxgod won this one…I’m afraid you have fallen in your own web…Klobuchar was one woman crime wave as Hennepin county’s prosecutor. MN has law that mandates a 5 year prison sentence for use of a gun in crime…But Ms Crime Wave would as prosecutor plea bargain the gun out and the Perp would walk with slap on the wrist???????

    1. soapboxgod says:

      Cache, plea bargainer indeed.

      You may pass go. You may collect $200.

      As for you NB…go back and get that GED.

  7. Spectre says:

    Gabby voted for it too…now let the hate from the TGOP begin….

    1. dan says:

      Gabby doesnt represent the citizens of MN you tool! I dont think Klobuchar and Franken have a brain between the two of them.

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