Congressman Steve Daines was one of eighty-seven House Republicans to vote for legislation ending the partial federal government shutdown and raising the country’s debt ceiling.
Many more Republicans voted against ending the shutdown—one hundred forty four of them.
Daines previously voted for measures to defund the Affordable Care Act, which eventually prompted Washington’s most recent gridlock.
He defends republican actions through the standoff—saying it was a result of Democrats refusing to negotiate.
In this feature interview, Congressman Daines speaks with Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce about his vote to end the government shutdown and his hopes to avoid similar crises in the future.