The U.S. House of Representatives is expected next week to vote on a bill that would require states to recognize concealed weapons permits issued in other states.
Many reports indicate that direct payments to farmers will be axed but a new revenue support program will replace it.
The U.S. Senate is currently debating a bill sponsored by DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar that's a component of President Barack Obama's jobs plan.
No members of Minnesota's congressional delegation sit on the committee, formally known as the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, but several said they are skeptical that an agreement is possible.
Minnesota companies could bring more than $20 billion in profits back to the U.S. under a tax holiday proposal.
Rep. John Kline worries the plan could encourage students to take on even more debt.
Minnesota's medical device industry is an important employer in the state, and has a strong ally in Rep. Erik Paulsen who wants to eliminate a provision in last year's health care law that puts a 2.3 percent tax on the industry's revenues.
Republicans in Congress, including the Minnesota delegation, contend that government regulations are holding back job creation, and there are GOP efforts in both the House and Senate to move legislation cutting red tape.
Two new bills from Minnesota's Congressional delegation would make it easier for the state's medical device companies to get their products to market.
Minnesota DFL Rep. Tim Walz has just returned to Washington from a fact-finding trip to Afghanistan.
Free trade supporters say free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia will be a boon to the state's economy.
A congressional committee gave the green light Wednesday to a $700 million plan to replace the aging lift bridge in Stillwater.
The Minnesota congressman and his co-chair of a House caucus are trying to turn it into a disciplined message and parliamentary machine, which could shift the Democratic Party further to the left.
The congresswoman's heavy campaign schedule means less time in Washington. She's missed 58 percent of the House roll call votes since July 1.
Badly trailing front-runners Rick Perry and Mitt Romney and struggling in national polls, Bachmann sought a breakout moment Wednesday with her base of support: Christian conservatives.