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A trio of former members of Congress gather Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, to promote a bipartisan effort for fixing the federal budget. From left are former Rep. Martin Sabo, Rep. Tim Penny and Sen. Budy Boschwitz. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Legislative notebook: Former lawmakers encourage Congress to work together

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ST. PAUL -- Three Minnesota senior statesmen Tuesday asked Congress to find a bipartisan solution for the federal budget, warning that Minnesotans and state government face consequences if that does not happen.


"We've spent too much money," Republican former U.S. Sen. Rudy Boschwitz said of why Washington got into its current fiscal problem.

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