Lawmakers Agree On $1 Trillion Plan, Avoid Federal Government ShutdownThe House and Senate have until Friday at midnight to pass the measure to avert a government shutdown.
Reality Check: Is Congress Really Getting Things Done?The ads are hard to miss. They feature candidates for public office in Minnesota telling the public how they "reached across the aisle to get things done".
Mpls. Brewery Opens With Senator’s HelpA local business is just getting over the red tape from the federal government shutdown earlier this year. And, they’re celebrating with a toast. The new Freehouse Brewery celebrated their opening in Minneapolis Saturday. The business finally got their brewery permit from the Treasury Department after about a month delay. It’s something they say couldn't have been done without the help of Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
Government Shutdown Enters Day 15, Is A Deal Near?It's day 15 of the government shutdown, and the nation is two days away from a government default. But, Senate leaders Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell have set aside their differences to come up with a plan to end the stalemate.
Klobuchar Working With GOP Moderates To End ShutdownA Minnesota senator is one of the key players hammering out a deal that could end the federal government shutdown. Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar is helping write a compromised version of a plan drafted by Republican Senator Susan Collins and credited GOP moderates. "We are friends," Klobuchar said. "Senate Republicans really came to the fore, more moderates, saying ‘We want to work on a compromise,’ and that’s exactly what’s happening today in the Senate."
Paulsen, Ellison Reassure Constituents About Gov’t Shutdown’s EndThe federal government shutdown is now affecting Minnesota jobs. The state will lay off 105 health department workers immediately, and thousands of other federal workers in the state will face the same fate. And Congress appears to be standing still. According to Congressman Erik Paulsen’s office, he skipped out on his own event Monday to head back to Washington to work on ending the shutdown. Some disappointed constituents, like Michael Waring of Edina, said they wanted to talk with him about ending the shutdown - even if it means joining with Democrats to do it.
Henn. Co. Centers Drop Passports Starting Nov. 1Hennepin County Service Centers will discontinue passport application processing at all locations beginning Nov. 1. Officials say new federal regulations, aiming to curb passport fraud, require separation between passport offices and offices which handle driver’s licenses and birth records. Passport application processing will continue at the Brookdale, Maple Grove, Ridgedale and Southdale centers through the end of the month.
Boy Boards Plane To Vegas At MSP Without TicketA 9-year-old Minneapolis boy was able to get through security and onto a plane at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport without a ticket, an airport spokesman said Sunday. Security officials screened the boy at airport shortly after 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Metropolitan Airports Commission spokesman Patrick Hogan said. The boy then boarded Delta Flight 1651, which left for Las Vegas at 11:15 a.m. The flight was not full, Hogan said, and the flight crew became suspicious midflight because the boy was not on their list of unattended minors. The crew contacted Las Vegas police, who met them upon landing and transferred the boy to child protection services, Hogan said.
U.S. Government Work Is Losing Cachet For SomeThere was a time when being a federal employee meant a steady paycheck, great benefits and pride in serving the country. But these days, many federal workers are frustrated, anxious and growing tired of being pawns in a never-ending political struggle over government funding.
Miley Cyrus Lampoons Rep. Michele Bachmann On 'SNL'As the shutdown of the federal government went into its sixth day, "Saturday Night Live" took a shot at Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachman. Show host Miley Cyrus performed a parody of her song "We Can't Stop" in character as Bachmann.
Sen. Franken, Other MN Lawmakers Donate Salary During ShutdownFor many, the fact that lawmakers continue to make a salary during the federal government shutdown – while so many federal workers do not -- is frustrating.
Shutdown Leaves Thousands In D.C. Area In LimboThe usually bustling District of Columbia will be uniquely affected Wednesday by the first government shutdown in 17 years, with thousands of federal employees who make up the backbone of the metro area's workforce ordered not to report to work.