WASHINGTON (WKOW) – No real progress was made Thursday night when President Barack Obama met with House Republicans to talk about a solution to the government shutdown.
However, both parties left the sit down optimistic.
During the meeting, the Republicans offered a plan for a temporary extension of the federal debt ceiling and immediate negotiations over how to end the shutdown. President Obama has insisted the government re-open before talking about the budget.
Although the government shutdown continues, for some the waiting game is over. Utah will re-open its five national parks by Saturday, as well as three other nationally run locations.
It's part of a deal made with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. Jewell says she will consider re-opening national parks in states that can fully fund park service personnel and Utah Governor Gary Herbert is on board.
Herbert says, "Utah is leading the way. We understand the challenges out there in Washington, D.C. We've worked together to try to find a solution that makes sense, that's the proverbial win, win."
With $166,572 a day, Utah will re-open eight national sites for up to ten days. If the shutdown ends before then, the state will be refunded unused money.
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