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Minnesota delegation at odds over solution to federal government shutdown

The partisan war of words over the federal government shutdown is filtering down to Minnesota.

First District U.S. Representative Jim Hagedorn said, “I think the negotiations have to be between the president and leaders in Congress and then a proposal has to be put out there that we can vote on to re-open the government and so far that hasn’t happened.”

However, 5th District Congresswoman Ilhan Omar said Tuesday they are waiting on the president to end the shutdown himself and added, “We cannot start to negotiate immigration policies or further protection of our borders unless we open the government first.”

In the meantime, 7th District Congressman Collin Peterson broke ranks with fellow Democrats, and stated that the way to end an “unnecessary” government shutdown is to give President Trump money for a border wall.”

“I don’t know that I want to give him a blank check, but I don’t want to preclude him from getting the money either if he’s gonna use the money correctly — and we get the other stuff that we need on the border,” he said.

Peterson added, “I don’t know how you get there” because the White House hasn’t called him, and he said fellow Democrats “kind of look at me cross-eyed” when he tells them what he thinks.

The shutdown is entering day 33.

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