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Published: Tuesday, March 11 2014 9:20 p.m. MDT

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Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

@Rooster Cogburn, (Great Name) I do agree with you that if a contract is in place for reimbursement it should be honored, but your only addressing this one sentence which is about refunding what's left if the federal government reopened before the 10 day period agreed to.
You said "Per the agreement, the Feds were to refund Utah any unused funds out of the ~$1.67 million loan and would take an act of Congress to receive a refund of spent funds."

You used a word which does not appear in the "Utah, National Park Service agreement" which I just finished reading, and that is LOAN.

From the agreement: "This Agreement sets forth the terms and conditions under which the State may donate funds to the NPS, and under which the NPS may accept donated funds...

If Utah paid up front the entire amount, than it is due a refund of $666,288.32 that's the only part of the contract that says anything about repayment, and technically that's just a refund for money not spent.

The word "Donated" appears again and again but nowhere does the word LOAN appear.

timberwolf Kanab, Ut
Kanab, UT

The truth is, it shut down because the bill didn't pass. Blame can be on both sides. As long as you give one party everything they want everything would always pass. If the Republicans gave the Democrats everything they wanted all bills would pass. If Democrats gave Republicans everything they wanted all bills would pass. I want both parties to check and balance. Or we could just go to a one party system. I wonder how people would feel if they had all experienced living in a country with hyperinflation because of out of control spending? Personally I don't want a Democrat King nor do I want a Republican King. Remember the days when we impeached a president for spying on another party? Or covering it up? Remember the days when we had congressional hearings about arms sales and people actually testified before Congress and took response-ability?

Orem, UT

I do not understand Mike Lee's position that it is okay to take money from the Federal Government for National Parks but it is wrong to take money from the Federal Government for healthcare. Operating the National Parks fed money into the State's economy. Medicare expansion would feed money into Utah's economy and help hundred of thousands of Utahans.

These Tea Party extremists are neither logical nor compassionate.

Mister J
Salt Lake City, UT

Mike Lee wants reimbursement for something he encouraged. Is that ironic, duplicitous, or both?

Salt Lake City, UT

@DN Subscriber
The Senate Democrats put the House version up for a vote, and it was voted down. The Senate passed their own version. The House refused to take it up for a vote... because it would pass. So the shutdown is entirely the fault of the Republicans in the House.

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