Senator Al Franken: "We Cannot Shut the Government Down"

By KBJR News 1

Senator Al Franken: "We Cannot Shut the Government Down"

April 6, 2011 Updated Apr 6, 2011 at 6:39 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- In the midst of the federal budget battle in Washington D.C., Senator Al Franken said Wednesday things always seem darkest before a deal is struck.

The Minnesota DFLer said he remains optimistic that there will be no government shutdown.

He says either a deal will be made or a continuing resolution will be passed.

Senator Franken said he believes the Democrats have made all the concessions Republicans asked for, and that this is not an appropriate time to be considering a government shutdown.

"We cannot shut the government down," Senator Franken said. "We had 216,000 new jobs last month. This is the worst time to shut the government down, just as we are seeing the recovery really happen."

The senator went on to say there is simply too much financial uncertainty in the country to not reach a deal on the federal budget.

Posted by Zach Schneider