In a speech on the Senate floor, DFL Sen. Al Franken said the government shutdown and debt ceiling showdown have distracted lawmakers from vital issues such as education and job training.
The government is shut down because Congress hasn't passed any spending bills into law. But the unanswered phones and dark federal offices are nothing compared to what could happen if Congress refuses to raise the debt ceiling.
Ellison is one of seven lawmakers who were arrested by U.S. Capitol Police for blocking a street during a rally on the National Mall to urge Congress to vote on an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws.
House and Senate members are paid $174,000 annually, which means their gross pay is $6,692 every two weeks. Their pay is unaffected by a shutdown because, despite what the public likely thinks, they are considered essential employees of the government.
There's not much progress towards a resolution to the partial federal government shutdown as it enters its third day. But one possible area where Democrats and Republicans could find some common ground appears to be on the medical device tax that helps pay for the Affordable Care Act.
Like many people in the United States, members of the Minnesota congressional delegation in Washington are frustrated that the shutdown furloughed thousands of federal employees - among them many of the police and support personnel that keep the massive Capitol complex running.
The stage is set for a government shutdown at midnight. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with MPR's Washington-based reporter Brett Neely about the situation on Capitol Hill.
While the Republican party is firmly united behind the idea that the healthcare law should be repealed, its establishment and grassroots wings are divided over how to undo the law. U.S. Reps. John Kline and Erik Paulsen of Minnesota have come under fire from some tea party activists.
The U.S. House is set to approve a Republican-backed measure today that will keep the federal government funded but defund the 2010 federal healthcare overhaul.
Food stamp funding has long been part of the farm bill, but after a disagreement over food stamp cuts sank a version of the farm bill, House Republicans in June decided to vote on the issue separately.
The U.S. House Ethics Committee announced Wednesday that it's extending its probe into Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann's failed presidential campaign, and has released the full report about Bachmann's campaign compiled by the Office of Congressional Ethics.
Rep. Michele Bachmann's legal woes won't go away anytime soon. The U.S. House Ethics Committee announced today it is extending its probe into her presidential campaign activities.
Rep. Collin Peterson is the latest Minnesotan politician to oppose a military strike against Syria. Peterson said Tuesday he opposes any intervention in Syria after an alleged chemical weapons attack by that country's government forces on rebels and civilians.
A Minnesota Republican Rep. John Kline is leaning toward giving President Obama authority to launch a military strike against Syria.
At least five members of Minnesota's U.S. House delegation are calling for Congress to weigh in on whether a military strike should be launched against Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians.