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U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, right, makes a point Thursday during a reunion with Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller of Minneapolis. The Democrats used to sit next to each other on the state Senate floor, prompting Pogemiller to joke that he always checked how Peterson voted and he voted the other way.

Recovery bill divides Peterson, Oberstar

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ST. PAUL - An economic stimulus package that would send $4.5 billion to Minnesota deeply divided two of the state's most powerful politicians.

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"It is a wide-ranging investment in America," U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar said.

"This would go against everything I have been for," U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson countered.

The two chairmen discussed the $819 billion economic recovery measure in the Minnesota Capitol Thursday, there to brief legislative leaders on the economic package.

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