For two weeks, the Tea Party extremists in the House were just one vote from reopening the government and putting thousands of furloughed Montanans back to work. Everyday it was closed, Montana lost more than $1.5 million in revenue from our national parks. About 1,000 workers in Montana filed for unemployment because of the shutdown. And farmers and ranchers couldn't cash checks because the Farm Service Agency offices were closed.
And what did all this accomplish? Absolutely nothing.
These folks don’t seem at all concerned about what’s best for small businesses or other ways to grow our economy. This shutdown stunt actually removed about $24 billion from our economy.
The Tea Party obstructionists in the House are interested in one thing and one thing only: their political agenda. And they’ve proven over the past few weeks that they’re more than willing to let Montana families pay the price for their tactics.
I’m relieved that the Senate reached a bipartisan compromise to end this government shutdown and avoid default. But we cannot wind up in the exact same place four months from now. I hope we can continue serious conversations about our nation’s debt and deficit without a few irresponsible members of Congress holding our nation, our economy, and Montana families, hostage.
Thanks for reading, and for all you do for Montana.