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North Dakota House shuts down shutdown bill

The North Dakota State Capitol. Forum News Service file photo

BISMARCK — The North Dakota House killed a bill Thursday, March 14, aimed at addressing the effects of a federal government shutdown.

Senate Bill 2357 was introduced by legislative leaders from both parties amid the longest federal government shutdown in history. It would have required the state-owned Bank of North Dakota guarantee loans made by financial institutions to federal workers who live in the state and go without pay during a shutdown.

Opponents said the bill was unnecessary and that private banks were already taking care of the issue. It failed in a 71-18 vote.

John Hageman

John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.  

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