Minnesota's congressional delegation faces shutdown crunch

Debt impasse could affect federal workers, Social Security, senator says


September 29, 2021

J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press

Democratic leaders in Congress are trying to pass legislation to avoid a federal shutdown.

WASHINGTON – Congress is hurtling closer to a government shutdown that threatens to furlough Minnesota's federal workforce as Democrats rush to find a solution before funding runs out Thursday at midnight.

The party narrowly holds control of both chambers of Congress but so far has failed to send legislation to Democratic President Joe Biden that would avert a shutdown.

"It's hard to have a conversation about the impact when we are diligently working to make sure there is no shutdown," Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar said outside the Capitol on Monday night. "We know that from previous shutdowns Minnesotans have been drastically impacted and we're doing everything to make sure that there is no shutdown so no Minnesotan suffers from it."



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