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Shutdown frustrates many in Bitterroot

Corvallis resident Mike Gray reads news of extending funding and re-opening government offices for three weeks after they were shut down over the weekend. Gray said "it's a shame" Democrats and Republicans can't come across the aisle to get things accomplished.

Most people didn't see or feel the impact when the government shut down at midnight on Friday. It was the weekend. But come Monday morning you saw the impact if you needed services at some government agencies.

NBC Montana ventured into the community to find out what people thought about the shutdown.

At Memories Cafe in Corvallis it's always busy at lunch time. We talked to some customers.

Mike Gray read news of extending funding and reopening the government for three weeks. He is annoyed it happened at all.

"I think it's a shame that they just can't come across the aisle and get things accomplished," he said. "They're worried about being partisan."

Sharon Huckeba said she's glad to see some kind of deal. But she said "it's not over," and it's hard on the country.

"It's a trickle down effect," she said. "There's no money coming in, and there's no money going out."

Ravalli County has a sizable population of federal employees. And it may have come as a surprise to many who wanted to business at a federal agency and discovered the doors were closed.

The United States Department of Agriculture office was shuttered with a sign on the door saying "The office is currently closed due to a lapse in federal government funding. The office will reopen once Congress restores funding."

It was the same at Bitterroot National Forest headquarters.

Most Bitterroot residents probably didn't need services at such centers Monday morning. But almost everyone we talked to was aware of the shutdown.

Ray Anderson and a friend spent the morning fishing on the Bitterroot River.

Anderson is frustrated with partisanship of both the Democrats and Republicans.

"I think we need to get to the point in this country where people in politics want what's best for the country," he said, "not what's best for themselves or their party."

He said "they need to vote sensibly for what's best for America."


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