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At Issue: April 9 - Response to U.S. Air Strike in Syria; State Budget Negotiations Continue

April 09, 2017 07:55 PM

President Trump Receives Mixed Praise for Carrying Out U.S. Air Strike on Syria

President Donald Trump is receiving mixed praise for launching a U.S. air strike on Syria following that country's chemical weapons attack on its own people. Many world leaders have rallied around the U.S. following the attack, which is Trump's strongest military initiative since taking office two months ago. It also marks the first time the U.S. has targeted Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces. Many members of Congress say while this action was necessary, President Trump needs to get the approval of Congress before making any similar moves in the future.

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Budget Negotiations Continue at State Capitol; Commissioners Warn Shutdown May Still be Possible 

State lawmakers are getting ready to take a week-long break for the Easter/Passover holiday. When they return to the Capitol, they'll have five weeks to negotiate a two-year budget agreement with Gov. Mark Dayton. The House and Senate have already passed their initial budget bills. They'll now go to a conference committee and negotiate with Dayton's staff to come to a final agreement. Some commissioners warn several provisions in the budget bills will not be accepted by Dayton and could face a veto threat if they make it into final versions of the bills. 

Despite a $1.6 billion surplus, some commissioners warn the state could still be headed for a government shutdown if the House, Senate and Governor can't reach a budget agreement by July 1. 

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