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Most of Minnesota's congressional delegation won't attend Obama's speech

Posted by: Corey Mitchell under Minnesota U.S. senators, Minnesota congressional Updated: February 26, 2014 - 11:09 AM

When President Obama visits St. Paul's Union Depot today to unveil a $300 billion transportation plan, most of the state's congressional delegation won't be in attendance.

With Congress in session this week, Democratic U.S. Reps. Betty McCollum and Keith Ellison were the only member of the delegation that boarded Air Force One with Obama on Wednesday.

An aide for Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken said left Washington, D.C., this morning to attend the funeral of a friend.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is chairing a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on cell phone competition, which she cannot cancel.

"Otherwise she would be with the President as she was just last month in Michigan for the Farm Bill signing," said Klobuchar spokeswoman Brigit Helgen.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Walz is participating in House Transportation Committee hearing on rail safety.

Obama will also tour the Metro Transit Light Rail Operations and Maintenance Facility in Minneapolis during his Minnesota trip.

Republican U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen invited Obama to visit a  Minnesota-based medical device company during his vist, but it's not part of the president's posted schedule for today.

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