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Cathy Wurzer live from D.C. on Wednesday

Posted at 6:30 PM on January 23, 2007 by Bill Wareham (2 Comments)

MPR's Cathy Wurzer is in Washington, D.C. to provide some on-the-scene post-State of the Union analysis on Wednesday morning. She'll be talking to members of Minnesota's congressional delegation and others.

Comments (2)

I just listened to John Kline, my representative in congress, in an interview with Cathy Wurzer. Congressman Kline said something that real raised my ire. He insinuated that the Democrats wanted to cut off funding for the toops on the ground which is not so. I have heard Democrat after Democrat go out of there way to say the would not cut off fundings for those troops now on the ground. John Kline continues to fight any effort the Democrats put forth in working bi-partisan manner. I think this is appalling and am embarrassed he represents me in Congress.

Posted by Mike Pliml | January 24, 2007 7:05 AM

According to the AP story, "Pawlenty, delegation want hardship pay for Minnesota soldiers,"

Gov. Tim Pawlenty and members of the Minnesota congressional delegation asked Defense Secretary Robert Gates to provide hardship pay to soldiers in the Minnesota-led 1st Brigade Combat Team, who anticipate their tour in Iraq extended by up to 125 days.

"We believe that an appropriate acknowledgment of this additional sacrifice must be made," the governor and lawmakers wrote in a letter to Secretary Gates. "Therefore, we request that all Guard members who have their tours extended due to increased troop levels receive hardship pay to compensate them for the extra time they will spend in Iraq."

"The letter was signed by Minnesota senators, Republican Norm Coleman and Democrat Amy Klobuchar, as well as Democratic Reps. Tim Walz, Betty McCollum, Keith Ellison, Collin Peterson and James Oberstar, and Republican Rep. Jim Ramstad."

Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., and fellow GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann sent their own letter to Gates on the issue, saying they "greatly appreciate" the $1,000 per month commitment.

Now why can't Kline and Bachmann sign the same letter as the other elected officials? Is it because they didn't go to bipartisan school?

Posted by Semper Fidelis | January 26, 2007 9:05 PM