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.
The Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock is closing its permanent exhibits to walk-in visitors because of the federal government shutdown.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says Pentagon and administration lawyers are looking for ways to expand the number of Defense Department civilians who are exempt from furloughs, amid worries that the government shutdown is damaging U.S. credibility among its international allies.
The federal government is partially shutdown as lawmakers continue a bitter battle over the nation’s health care laws. The question is how long will it last.
Federal workers will still have to report to work for about four hours Tuesday even though the government is shutting down.
While museums on the National Mall will close for a government shutdown, many other Washington attractions plan to stay open for tourists.
President Barack Obama is telling members of the military he’ll work to get Congress to re-open the government as soon as possible.
For the first time in nearly two decades, the federal government staggered into a partial shutdown Monday at midnight after congressional Republicans stubbornly demanded changes in the nation’s health care law.