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Tester, Daines Call For Budget Vote

Montana Senator Jon Tester is urging his Congressional colleagues to act this week to prevent a federal government shutdown at the end of the month.

The current budget ends September 30th, the end of the fiscal year. Tester told reporters during a conference call yesterday the American people don’t want another event like last fall when the National Parks, federal programs and services closed.

"I don’t believe there’s a person back here that doesn’t understand the fact that it had some very negative impacts on our economy and we ought not be doing that kind of stuff because if we’re talking about paying off the national debt, getting our debt and deficit under control the worse thing we can do is to hang boat anchors on our economy."

A short-term funding bill, known as a continuing resolution, likely will have a vote this week in the U-S House. It would fund the federal government at current levels until December 11th.

Tester says it was written without controversial provisions. He thinks as long as none are added, the bill should pass this week.

Last fall, the federal government shut down from October first through the 16th legislation.

Republican Congressman Steve Daines issued a written statement to Yellowstone Public Radio regarding this week’s scheduled continuing resolution vote. He says “The American people expect and deserve their elected officials to work together to find solutions. It’s important that we get that done this week.” because Congress was unable to pass funding

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