It’s Official! The government is shut down. With the House and Senate unable to agree on a government funding bill before the Monday midnight deadline, the federal government has been shut down for the first time in 17 years. At around 11:45 pm Monday night OMB director Sylvia M. Burwell wrote,
“Unfortunately, we do not have a clear indication that Congress will act in time for the president to sign a continuing resolution before the end of the day tomorrow, October 1, 2013. Therefore, agencies should now execute plans for an orderly shutdown due to the absence of appropriations,
So now that the government is closed what’s open and whats closed?
According to sources the airport should run accordingly to plans as well as the mail delivery and federal courts will remain open at least 10 days after the shutdown. As far as recreation, all national parks will most likely be locked down as well. According to NBC News other closings in D.C consist of Smithsonian Museums and The National Zoo in Washington. “Visitors using overnight campgrounds or other park facilities would be given 48 hours to make alternate arrangements and leave the park. Among the visitor centers that would be closed: the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in New York, Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Alcatraz Island near San Francisco and the Washington Monument”.
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