Posted: Oct 10, 2013 9:22 PM by MTN News
MISSOULA - Congressman Steve Daines says he's "cautiously optimistic" a late afternoon meeting between House GOP leaders and the White House could be a sign the standoff over the federal budget may be coming to an end.
He's says its too early to know for sure, but at least both sides are talking.
Daines said, "It's a positive sign forward that the President is engaging the House leadership with the meeting this afternoon. We'll wait and see the outcome. But the first step to solving this problem, this gridlock is to talk."
"I've been in business for 28 years and when you're in business and you have a conflict and you need to resolve something, we all know the first thing you have to do is to sit down and start a conversation," he said.
Daines says he's also welcoming a move by the Interior Department on Thursday, to allow states to foot the bill for re-opening the national parks, although he wants to make sure they are reimbursed.