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National Parks Could Close Again: Another Government Shutdown Set for Next Month

•, Rob Richardson
 With only a couple of days left before congress leaves for their winter break, neither side of the political aisle can agree on a bill to fund the government. After passing a temporary spending bill which stopped the last shutdown, two months later lawmakers find themselves in the same place, with another government shutdown only a month away.

As part of the short-term agreement that stopped the last shutdown in mid-October, Congress gave itself until Dec. 13 to reach a tentative deal at the committee level, and until Jan. 15 to pass a final budget. With only a few days left before congress goes on vacation, it looks like the country could be facing yet another partial shutdown of our government.

The last shutdown not only closed National Parks around the country, but it cost small business owners millions of dollars and forced a large number of companies to lay off employees during the shutdown. It’s estimated that over $76 million in lost visitor spending happened each day during the last shutdown.

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