NEWS: Hagedorn, Craig hail bipartisan deal despite shadow of impeachment

With the debate over the impeachment of President Trump reaching a fever pitch, one might wonder how a divided Congress can get anything done.

This week, it surprised us.

Amid all the rancor, a historic bipartisan agreement was reached this week on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, a sequel to NAFTA, with southern Minnesota lawmakers DFL Rep. Angie Craig and GOP Rep. Jim Hagedorn hailing the outcome as a win for farmers and workers.

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NEWS: Sen. Smith, Rep. Craig introduce workforce training legislation

MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) — Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minnesota) and Rep. Angie Craig (D-Minnesota) introduced joint bills Wednesday that they hope will expand workforce training partnerships between Minnesota schools and businesses.

'The 21st Century Workforce Partnerships Act' aims to help communities build partnerships to support students entering fields like manufacturing, health care and more.  

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NEWS: US lawmakers working to create nationwide mental health line

Lawmakers in Washington are trying to make it easier to get mental health help. A bill has been proposed to create a three digit line, like 9-1-1, to help people in crisis.

The legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in August, after the FCC suggested using 9-8-8 as the number. The Senate version was introduced in October.

Now, NAMI Minnesota is pressuring the Minnesota Congressional Delegation to sign onto it.   

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NEWS: A new generation in Congress embraces town halls

NORTHFIELD, MINN. – The crowd waiting to see the congresswoman spilled out of the room and into the hall.

It was U.S. Rep. Angie Craig's fifth town hall in as many months. But novelty hasn't worn off yet in the Second Congressional District.

"This place, it's not for the faint of heart," Craig told the audience gathered in the chapel of a Northfield retirement community Tuesday night.   

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NEWS: Angie Craig, Pete Stauber: Federal government must deliver on its special education funding obligation

While we are on opposite sides of the aisle in Congress, we want many of the same things for our neighbors, including timely and affordable health care, safer communities or brighter futures for our children. Sometimes, we just have different ideas on how to get there.

On one issue in particular, we share a lot of common ground. We are both parents of children with special needs and have found that the federal government is not meeting its funding obligation to Minnesota’s students who need special education services.   

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NEWS: Climate change, guns, shutdown top Rep. Angie Craig's first town hall

The doors to freshman Rep. Angie Craig’s first public town hall opened 18 hours after lawmakers voted to temporarily end the longest federal government shutdown in history.

But as the event got underway, it was clear that the 35-day impasse was far from the only topic on the minds of the 300 or so constituents who turned out in subzero temperatures to pepper the Eagan Democrat with questions.   

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