Time: 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Government Shutdown Deja Vu: Learning from Leaders Who Have Seen it All Before
In October 2013, the United States went through a 16-day shutdown. The next round of negotiations looms next month as the debt-limit crisis and the continued funding of government take center stage yet again.
Congressman Gil Gutknecht and Congressman Martin Sabo both served in leadership roles during the last major government shutdown in 1995. They will discuss the consequences and repercussions, the lessons learned, and their hopes for the January negotiations. Moderated by Speaker Steve Sviggum and Professor Larry Jacobs.
Martin Olav Sabo was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1960 and represented the 31st Legislative District and later (after redistricting) Districts 42 and (still later) 57B. Sabo served as DFL Minority Leader in the House for the 1969 and 1971 sessions, and was Speaker of the House from 1973 to 1978. He also served on the following committees: Taxation, Education, Metropolitan and Urban Affairs, Elections and Reapportionment, and Health and Welfare. Sabo was elected Fifth District Representative to the United States Congress in 1978. In Congress he served on the House Appropriations, Democratic Steering and Policy, and Budget committees, and he was chair of the House Budget Committee for the 103rd Congress (1993-1994). Sabo was instrumental in getting funds to Minnesota for many projects, including the Hiawatha light rail line.
Gil Gutknecht served 12 years in the Minnesota House of Representatives before serving 12 years in the U.S. House. He served as Vice Chair of the House Science Committee where he was involved with federal research into new technologies. He led efforts to require the FDA to develop technology protocols that would set track and trace standards to intercept potentially dangerous counterfeits from other nations. Until being introduced to the "elegant simplicity" of the SSI system, he was convinced that RFID and microscopic chips would combine for the solution. He enthusiastically supports the much more cost effective SSI approach. Mr. Gutknecht, who was also a leader in developing environmentally friendly alternative fuel technologies was appointed by the Secretaries of Agriculture and Energy to Co-Chair the Federal Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee.
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