All but one of Minnesota's congressional delegation joined together to vote in favor of the bill ending the partial federal government shutdown and extending the debt ceiling. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann was the state's lone "no" vote, as fellow Republicans John Kline and Erik Paulsen joined with Democrats to pass the measure. Bachmann, who is retiring after this term ends, explained her vote on Twitter by saying the bill doesn't address the 17-trillion dollar national debt. U-S Senator Amy Klobuchar says the bi-partisan deal to re-open government and avoid a debt crisis is just a beginning. The Minnesota Democrat says the measure forces Congress to look to the future and puts in place a process for getting an agreement on a longer-term budget.
Congressional leaders have reached a deal to end the government shutdown. Minnesota Congressman Collin Peterson says he was beginning to wonder if an agreement would ever be reached. He says given what has ended up in this deal -- the people that over played their hand and basically shut the government down over Obamacare -- ended up with nothing. Peterson says in the end we ended up with two weeks of pain, uncertainty... people thrown out of work and Congress didn't accomplish anything that we couldn't accomplish two weeks ago. The agreement re-opens the government through January 15th and increases the nations' borrowing authority until February 7th. (MNN)