Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

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

Author:

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."

Next Up

Angela Renee Jones, St. Cloud murder suspect

St. Cloud suspect now charged in two local murder cases

Both murders happened within a day of each other in June.

st anthony 3 crop

Twin Cities police ask for help finding missing 16-year-old

Police say all her family and friends have been contacted, and none of them know where she is.

mpd suspect 12.3.21 - 1 - CROP

MPD releases photos of shooting suspect, asks for public's help

The man is wanted in connection with a fatal shooting that happened Wednesday evening.

redmons popcorn colbert 2

Support grows for Redmon's Popcorn after shop's sudden closure

The county also commented on the situation, saying it hopes to help owner Zack Redmon.

prior lake high school

Prior Lake HS investigating another 'racist' video involving student

The principal said the social media video was reported to them this week.

Screen Shot 2021-12-03 at 3.08.27 PM

Walz: Minnesota has secured 1 million rapid, at-home COVID tests for kids

It comes as the delta variant continues to surge in Minnesota, and the omicron variant might follow.

boundary waters

Forest Service limiting permits to BWCAW due to damage, overcrowding

Visitors have been cutting down trees and have been forced to compete for campsites.

police lights

Lockdown update: Armed man threatened to go to Kimball High School

A high school and elementary school near St. Cloud went into lockdown as a precaution.

chaska sewer

People in Chaska are flushing the wrong crap down the toilet

Water and sewer crews in Chaska have had to clean the same pump four times in the past seven days.

Brian O'Neill

Matthew Coller: What if the Vikings didn't have Detroit?

The Lions have been like two freebies on the Vikings' schedule the past three seasons.

water drain

MN will get $116M for water projects as part of infrastructure package

Nationwide, $7.4 billion will be distributed for projects next year.

Related

No endorsement from Bachmann before Minnesota Caucus

WCCO reports the Minnesota Congresswoman will not endorse a GOP candidate for president before the Tuesday Caucus in Minnesota. Rep. Michele Bachmann told Esme Murphy she reserves the right, but won't be backing a candidate anytime soon. Since ending her bid for the White House, she is now seeking a fourth term representing Minnesota's 6th district.