From New York’s Liberty Island to Alaska’s Denali National Park, the U.S. government closed its doors as a bitter budget fight idled hundreds of thousands of federal workers and halted all but the most critical government services for the first time in nearly two decades.
District of Columbia lawmakers have approved a measure that allows local workers to remain on the job and get paid during the partial federal government shutdown.
House and Senate Democrats say they’ll reject a bid by Republicans to reopen portions of the government, including national parks and processing of claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
With many furloughed federal workers in the nation’s capital going home early Tuesday, MARC commuter rail is adjusting its afternoon schedule.
While addressing members of the press following the government shutdown, President Barack Obama said that Republicans in the House of Representatives “demanded ransom just for doing their jobs.”
The effects of the government shutdown have trickled down to college athletics. A lack of government funding may force the cancellation of this weekend’s scheduled Air Force vs. Navy football game.
About 24 couples who were planning to get married at memorials on the National Mall this month may have to make other plans due to the government shutdown.
The museums that draw millions of visitors to the National Mall closed their doors Tuesday, memorials were barricaded and trash will go uncollected in the nation’s most-visited national park due to the first government shutdown in 17 years.
According to a study conducted by the Pew Research Center, the last government shutdowns – which occurred in the 1996 fiscal year under the administration of then-president Bill Clinton – cost the nation an estimated $1.4 billion dollars.
The National Zoo’s beloved panda cam and all other live animal cameras from the zoo have gone dark with the government shutdown.