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October 16, 2013

Walz expects deal to pass

Walz: Crisis was ‘reckless’

By Josh Moniz

jmoniz@mankatofreepress.com

MANKATO — U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, in a Wednesday conference call with Minnesota media, said he hopes the default-averting legislation that later passed Congress won’t merely set the stage for a repeat crisis.

The deal restores funding only until Jan. 7, 2014, and will raise the federal debt ceiling limit only until Feb. 15. The proposal also contains provisions that will pay back federal employees furloughed during the shutdown.

“(The shutdown) was reckless, unnecessary and should have never come to this,” the Mankato Democrat said. “I hope nobody tries to pat themselves on the back for this. We only did the basic function of government.”

When asked whether voters should be pessimistic that the deal will result in another shutdown next year, Walz said the concern is well deserved. But he said he feels the shutdown shows the American voters are being heard, especially since they created enough pressure to generate a compromise deal. He said this show the consequence of the shutdown would be too politically devastating for anyone to attempt again.

Walz also said the deal on the shutdown will mean work can progress on the federal Farm Bill. He said work on the conference committee for the bill will begin next week and is expected to be concluded by the last weeks of October.

“(The shutdown) was reckless, unnecessary and should have never come to this,” the Mankato Democrat said. “I hope nobody tries to pat themselves on the back for this. We only did the basic function of government.”

When asked whether voters should be pessimistic that the deal will result in another shutdown next year, Walz said the concern is well deserved. But he said he feels the shutdown shows the American voters are being heard, especially since they created enough pressure to generate a compromise deal. He said this show the consequence of the shutdown would be too politically devastating for anyone to attempt again.

Walz also said the deal on the shutdown will mean work can progress on the federal Farm Bill. He said work on the conference committee for the bill will begin next week and is expected to be concluded by the last weeks of October.

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