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Created: 10/05/2013 4:25 PM KSTP.com | Print |  Email
By: Cassie Hart

Sen. Franken: Shutdown is Hurting Minnesotans, Country

U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) says the federal government shutdown is hurting people in Minnesota and around the country.

Sen. Franken delivered a speech on the Senate floor and urged Republican leaders in the House of Representatives to bring the Senate-passed bill to fund the government up for a vote.

“We are now five days into a government shutdown that should never have happened,” Sen. Franken said in his speech.

“Minnesotans do not want a government shutdown. They want us to do our job, not refight the same political battles over and over again. With each day of this shutdown, I hear more and more reports about how it is affecting Minnesotans. Minnesotans seeking basic government services are being turned away.”

Sen. Franken continued, “This shutdown is unnecessary, and it’s irrational. Please, let’s reopen the government and get back to the work the people elected us to do.”

There's no word of progress on ending the partial government shutdown that began on Tuesday, but the House has voted to give 800,000 furloughed federal workers retroactive pay once the government reopens. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the Senate will also approve the bill, but he didn't say when.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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