Here's what the government shutdown means at Mount Rainier National Park

Pauline Gross
January 23, 2018

"If they get injured, we're going to rescue them".

"Regardless of whether or not the federal government shuts down, D.C. government will be open for business", Bowser said. "Additionally many of our National Parks, refuges and other public lands will still try to allow limited access wherever possible".

Officials said the Department of Employment Services is ready to assist furloughed federal employees by processing unemployment applications.

A survey of National Treasury Employees Union members in 2013 found that 84% of workers had cut back on necessities and 72% went further into debt because of that shutdown.

The shutdown triggered when the legislative and executive branches of federal government were unable to adopt a funding bill affected some, but not all citizens and federal employees.

Certain parts of some national parks are still accessible to the public.

While some outdoor areas at national parks will remain accessible to visitors during the government shutdown, and some visitor centers operated by private entities remain open, National Park employees are furloughed and some buildings are closed.

"The American public and especially our veterans who come to our nation's capital should find war memorials and open-air parks open to the public", she said.

Some former Interior officials have criticized the move.

Yellowstone National Park was the nation's first national park established by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant

"Gates would be open and people could enter, but there would be virtually no staff on hand to protect them or the parks' resources".

There are many differences between this shutdown and the shutdown of 2013.

"We were coming back up, and instead of driving home on the highway - 95, and seeing a bunch of city and industry - we made a decision to come a little further west and come through the countryside and see the attractive scenery", says Don Ellershaw, who was also at the park on Sunday.

"I've called on my agencies, where we are able, to step in for the federal government", she said during the news conference.

"Our public lands and our monuments really belong to the people and not the government", he said.

Park closings can deal a big blow to local economies that depend on tourism dollars tied to visits - from the vendors inside the facilities to the hotels, stores and restaurants outside of them.

HEALTHCARE: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will continue to process applications for open enrollment, and the Medicare program for the elderly and disabled is expected to continue functioning largely without disruption, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. "The park service hates to do this stuff". Jarvis compared the plan to ordering the Smithsonian to close its doors but bring its collection outside for everyone to see.

"The dollars and cents of federal spending matter, but [the problem] was really the impact on confidence due to the uncertainty", said Mark Zandi, chief economist for Moody's Analytics.

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