Jewell supports paying back Utah, states that reopened national parks

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    March 27, 2014 7:47 p.m.

    Let me get this straight: Lee, Hatch, Cruz, et. al. singlehandedly shut down the government, and Obama and his cronies hands are clean? Fact is, we have too many immovable objects in this administration and there will be no hope and no change until we vote 'em all out!

  • joeandrade Salt Lake City, UT
    March 26, 2014 1:24 p.m.

    The headline said Jewell supports paying back…I don't think so. She responded to Rep. Stewart that she wouldn't resist. That's not supporting.

    How do Hatch, Lee, Stewart, Herbert, and most of our other elected politicians have the gall to want pay back when nearly all were supportive of and instrumental in the government shutdown? That's the height of hypocrisy and double-dealing. They all knew the shutdown meant National Park closure. They all knew the economic impact to the state - and yet they nearly all endorsed and supported the budgetary and political chaos.

    No - no payback for Utah. That would just encourage them all to continue their destructive, extortion-based politics and ideologies. They all need to be unelected. They need to be replaced by candidates who are there to serve the people and the Nation - and not consumed by paranoia and 19th century ideologies.

  • essence Ivins, UT
    March 26, 2014 8:32 a.m.

    I have no problem with Lee, Stewart, Bishop and others standing up for what they believe is right even if it is shutting down the government, but they should take the medicine that involves and not go back mumbling and grumbling about being reimbursed for what they initiated along with Ted Cruz. They shut down the government because they believe that the federal government is too big and spends too much of our tax money and now wants them to spend more. This is just pandering to their Utah constituents, many of whom were unhappy with this when it actually impacted their own state. Pretty disgusting actually. Secretary Jewell has her hands full with this bunch and is wise to allow the process to take its course and let others determine the fate of funding or not rather than getting into that dog fight with these folks. Very wise indeed, Secretary Jewell!

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 26, 2014 8:16 a.m.

    Madam Secretary, there is an old saying which needs to be repeated.

    Put your (really OUR) money, where your mouth is.

    Like with most of the Obama cronies, we are likely to see her say one thing, and then do exactly the opposite.

    If she says there is no legal authority to make such payments, remind her that Obama has a pen and a phone, and has repeatedly made changes in Obamacare without legal authority, so there is a firm precedent that he can do this as well.

  • Utefan60 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 26, 2014 6:57 a.m.

    Our representatives who shut down the government causing untold harm and economic damage in the billions want the government to pay it back. (Which it should do) Let remember who did this horrible thing to our economy and country! Let's not forget it when we vote.

  • Jamescmeyer Midwest City, USA, OK
    March 26, 2014 6:51 a.m.

    Come now, it takes two to tango. Blaming people who don't agree with you for obstructing sweeping one-sided decisions in government is exactly how such messes occur in the first place. Those are in fact three of the finest senators we've got right now.

  • perspicacious Salt lake city, Utah
    March 26, 2014 6:29 a.m.

    Incredible! Mike Lee and Cruz buddy shut parks and government down. The state rescue with money and now it takes months for our dithering senators to file a simple bill to pay the IOU. Get them out of there and elect sane responsive senators. And they wonder why approval percentage is 9%. Maybe their Koch buddies should pay?

  • EDM Castle Valley, Utah
    March 25, 2014 10:31 p.m.

    You have got to be kidding me. Just when you thought you've heard everything, Senators Lee, Hatch, and Flake want the federal government to pay for the havoc they brought to the states? I wish i had half the gall. But I'm glad to be blessed with twice the moral compass.