Posted: Oct 6, 2013 5:09 PM by Keele Smith - MTN News
Congressman Steve Daines says the passage of a spending bill on the House floor is a glimmer of hope in the midst of the government shutdown.
The bill would enable all federal employees to be paid retroactively once the government re-opens but it still needs approval from the Senate.
"I recognize there's thousands of Montanans that are federal employees and it's inconceivable that the failures of D.C. are forcing many families to face uncertainty," Daines said.
"So it was encouraging to actually see something bipartisan pass the House 407-0. It doesn't mean we're bipartisan in that we're hoping the Senate will take that up Monday and hope the President signs it," he said.
If that bill is passed, Daines hopes that Congress will take a look at other proposed bills that would re-open national parks and fund veterans.
Daines has furloughed half of his staff in Montana and the same is happening in Yellowstone National Park.
Yellowstone National Park Spokesman Al Nash said, "We had almost 690 National Parks Service staff on duty on September 30th. We have just over 100 everyday now."
For the latest reactions from park officials and locals, and to know more about what Congressman Daines thinks this means for Montana, tune in to Sunday night's broadcast at 10 p.m.