Legislation to reimburse states for operating national parks during the government shutdown is now pending in the House as well as the Senate. Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced the Shutdown Windfall Reimbursement Act (H.R. 4353), which would direct the National Park Service to reimburse states for costs they endured while operating national parks last October when the federal government shut down. The bill was referred to the House Natural Resources the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation.
Eight representatives cosponsored the bill. The committee approved a similar bill last fall but the full House never voted on it.
Sen Jeff Flake (R-AZ) introduced a similar measure in the Senate in March. It is pending before the the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. The Senate bill picked up seven cosponsors. Another bill to do that was introduced last fall in the Senate but never got out of committee.