Dozens in Missoula protest government shutdown

MISSOULA COUNTY

POSTED: 9:25 PM Oct 16 2013
Dozens in Missoula protest government shutdown
MISSOULA, Mont. -

NBC Montana is covering rallies around the state with people fed up over the government shutdown.

In Missoula dozens of Montanans cheered in protest outside Representative Steve Daines' office.

Rally organizers tell us their goal is to send a message to congress that the shutdown is hurting people across Montana.

Protesters say they want Daines to work for the people of Montana and not for big corporations.

“For the government to regulate everything that it needs to for the people it needs to tax and it has to have some kind of revenue and who has the most revenue in this country? Obviously the 1 percent,” says protester Daniel Hoffman.  

Hoffman says he wants the United States to get back to its roots.  

“I really hope that this country can really get back to what it was about before which is of the people, for the people, by the people,” he says.  “I want a government that is for us -- public servants, the people that govern this country, that's why they call them public servants.”

The Montana Organizing Project is behind a number of statewide protests against Daines, Senator Jon Tester and Senator Max Baucus.

The group also held rallies in Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls and Helena throughout the week.  

“You take the 1 percent, everyone keeps talking about ‘the 1 percent’ they are the ones with almost all of the money and if they took like say a quarter of everything that they had and trickled it down, the economy would be fixed,” says Hoffman.

If you want more information about The Montana Organizing Project and what they do, click here