Daines says offices open during shutdown, donates salary to Big Sky Honor Flight

2013-10-01T06:29:00Z 2014-10-03T14:24:26Z Daines says offices open during shutdown, donates salary to Big Sky Honor Flight missoulian.com

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Montana Republican Rep. Steve Daines today released information regarding his staff and office operations during the current partial government shutdown.

“Serving the people of Montana remains my number one priority, and my staff and I will continue working to serve the people of Montana and provide Montanans with needed information about the services they rely on during this time,” Daines said in a written release.

Daines’ offices in Washington, D.C., Helena, Missoula, Great Falls and Billings will remain open during normal business hours, with limited staff.

In line with most federal agencies, nearly half of Daines’ official staff will be furloughed, allowing for necessary constituent services and office functions to remain active.

Daines said he will donate his salary during the government shutdown to the Big Sky Honor Flight.

“The first piece of legislation I introduced, the Balanced Budget Accountability Act, was based on a simple principle — if Washington doesn’t do its job, it shouldn’t be paid. During a government shutdown, the same truth remains,” Daines stated. “That’s why I’ve signed onto legislation requiring salaries for members of Congress to be withheld through the duration of the government shutdown, and have also committed to donating my salary during the same time to the Big Sky Honor Flight.”

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  1. Stan Reck
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    Stan Reck - October 02, 2013 11:20 am
    Oh?...and what was that? To bend over and take it from the Democrats? I don't see the constitutionality in that.
  2. Objective observer
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    Objective observer - October 02, 2013 6:45 am
    Another incoherent comment from jw.
  3. Objective observer
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    Objective observer - October 02, 2013 6:44 am
    It IS the job of congress to keep the government funded and federal workers employed. You obviously don't have the first clue about how our government is set up to work on the constitution.
  4. NoturAverageBear
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    NoturAverageBear - October 01, 2013 3:50 pm
    He should give up his own government subsidized (socialist) health care, lest he makes himself a hypocrite.
  5. NoturAverageBear
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    NoturAverageBear - October 01, 2013 3:33 pm
    In the 90s the republicans spent a $136 million on trying to make the Clintons look bad....that's $136 million of the tax payer's money for nothing more than the republican's own political gain, at taxpayer expense. That was the turning point for me to ever considering a republican as a public servant, they only serve themselves. I really didn't think that the childish, vindictive, arrogant, short-sighted, and very selfish behavior could ever get any worse, but....obviously there may be no low point to the abyss that is what the republican party has become! --definitely not the the kind of people of my youth. WTF happened to you people?

    Playing political games with people's lives for your possible political gain is about as low as you can get, except maybe lying us into war for profiteering (same thing really). I am really getting tiered of this #### . My life, livelihood, and future is not yours to play games with!

    The futures of the common people of this of this country have been put on hold, or is back sliding while republicans play obstructionist politics for their own short-sighted, selfish political and financial gains!

    The years from 2000 to now have been a near total waste for the middle class, and I blame republicans and their policy of no compromising, obstruction, their trickle-down economics.

    Democracy happens in the middle, not on either extreme.

    United we stand, and divided we will fall -- divided and obstructionist politics IS destroying this country!
  6. Chuck Feney
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    Chuck Feney - October 01, 2013 2:32 pm
    The Coffee Break Never Ends

    The Congress is at a budget impasse
    'Cause Obamacare's a financial morasse
    Now they must close the parks
    To create public sparks
    So the feds can go sit on their @®$€.
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  7. MontanaNative1ed7
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    MontanaNative1ed7 - October 01, 2013 1:56 pm
    Daines should donate to people who don't have healthcare. He is failing at his job in Government if he shut down the government.
  8. Dubs
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    Dubs - October 01, 2013 11:20 am
    Lets see if Baucus and Tester do the same. Thank you Congressman Daines for this and thank you and the rest of the Republicans that have taken the high road and have resisted the vulgar name calling that the Dem's have displayed. I can't believe that Harry Reid, Pelosi and others think they should be exempt from obamacare, what arrogance!!
  9. Readneck
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    Readneck - October 01, 2013 10:23 am
    This guy should resign. He has violated his oath to uphold the constitution.
  10. jus wundrin
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    jus wundrin - October 01, 2013 10:09 am
    Dont worry, the obamas arms shipments to al-qaeda will go on as scheduled!

    What was that you were saying about a dangerous precedent?

    Sleep well!
  11. BWO
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    BWO - October 01, 2013 10:08 am
    The one silver lining in this was that Daines wouldn't be working and messing up the country. Darn. This rich guy could fund the entire Honor Flight and not dent his savings.
  12. PapaBear
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    PapaBear - October 01, 2013 10:00 am
    Nanny state socialists in fine fettle here.
    It is not the job of Congress to keep federal workers employed. It is not the job of government to keep throwing goodies to the loud arrogant people who believe their fellow citizens are supposed to support their lifestyle. Congress would do well to take steps to remind nanny staters about a concept called individual responsibility.
    To nanny staters, you are responsible for feeding yourself and for taking steps to provide health care for yourself.
    The nation is nearly bankrupt with $17 trillion in debt, yet nanny staters and their progressive socialist president and party keep screaming for more.
    Keep cutting federal spending Steve! That is your job.
  13. msonelson
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    msonelson - October 01, 2013 9:30 am
    "gun to the peoples head"?
  14. MobyMike
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    MobyMike - October 01, 2013 9:11 am
    You know, I am not a fan of Steve Daines, but I wouldn't want to do what he and other public servants do. At least he is donating his salary while his actions cause others to go without.
  15. montanamuralist
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    montanamuralist - October 01, 2013 8:31 am
    Thats real nice of him considering he doesn't need the salary and he is one of the idiots causing this shutdown in the first place. You want to debate health care reform Daines? That is a debate we should have and there is a way to do that without holding a gun to the peoples head. Want to see how this is playing out as you were quoted saying yesterday? Go visit a furloughed worker who you obviously have no respect for....or for you conservative clowns on here who think federal workers do nothing...go see the guys at Eddies in Apagar right now and see who that PRIVATE business is faring during this mess. No Daines....nice of you to donate your salary but still does not excuse you voting with the Tea party extremists and setting a DANGEROUS precedent in this country. Change policy properly..do not do it on the backs of the American people. Oh, and cancel my tax bill this year ....I am sure you will get right on that.....this is going to backfire and you big time Daines.
  16. MontanaNative1ed7
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    MontanaNative1ed7 - October 01, 2013 8:04 am
    If the government shutdown, then he should lose his job. It is his job to keep thousands of government employees employed. Also he can "donate" his salary to people who don't have healthcare or to people who are losing their paycheck today as a result of his "shutdown."
  17. libertarian
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    libertarian - October 01, 2013 6:41 am
    Congress only works about 120 days, and takes the rest of year off, so why do we pay Daines his full salary for working so little for us.
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