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Shutdown vote: Bachmann was only 'no' vote from Minnesota

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Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., was the only lawmaker from Minnesota who voted against the deal reached Wednesday that ended the government shutdown and averted a historic U.S. debt default.

The House approved the deal 285-144 Wednesday night. The Sixth District Minnesota congresswoman had sharp words for President Barack Obama after the vote.

"President Obama’s position of no negotiation took us to the brink of government default to advance his political agenda over the best interests of the American people," Bachmann wrote on her Facebook page. "Republicans were the adults in the room, offering compromise after compromise and urging the President to come to the table and do what’s right for our country.

"President Obama may have won an immediate political battle for his radical agenda but it comes at a great cost to the economy, to our health care system, and to the American people. It means we will continue on the same trajectory towards economic decline, skyrocketing national debt, and greater government intrusion in our health care."

Bachmann said that in the future, the GOP will be justified in fighting Obama as long as they did, MinnPost reported. “To me, it’s a very sad day, because his agenda is going to go forward and he gets an immediate victory lap," she said, MinnPost reported.

The 16-day shutdown led to new levels of bipartisan rancor in Congress, and exposed divisions within the Republican party, between those who believed the standoff could lead to the end of the Affordable Care Act and those who never thought it was achievable.

“There were some who didn’t have realistic attitudes about what was achievable," Rep. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., said, MPR News reported. MPR and WCCO were among those with wrap-ups on Minnesota lawmakers reacting to the shutdown vote.

Minnesota Democrats were relieved by the vote, but Sen. Al Franken said Democrats do not consider it a victory, given the costs of the shutdown to the public.

Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., one of three Minnesota Republicans in Congress, said in a statement, “Today, members of Congress were asked to make a difficult decision. Ultimately, I was not willing to put the full faith and credit of the United States at risk. Congress and the White House must put country first. The result was imperfect, but it was a temporary solution I believed was in the best interest of Americans."

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