If you planned on visiting the Gateway Arch or old courthouse this week, think again because you will be disappointed to discover it closed due to the federal government shutdown which will affect the national landmarks and parks and recreations. Parts of the government officially shut down at 12:01 Tuesday morning after Congress failed to come to a budget agreement to fully fund normal operations. As part of the shutdown, all national parks in the United States will remain closed. But officials say the closure extends beyond the workers, as roughly 6,500 people visit the arch on a weekend day, many of whom spend money on nearby restaurants and businesses. Reactions around the Arch on Monday varied from some who blamed President Obama and many who blamed Congress.
In addition, thousands of civilian employees at Scott Air Force Base face pay delays now that the federal government has shut down. According to an Air Force official, roughly two-thirds of the base’s 5,000 civilian workers have been affected as a result of the shutdown. Some might not be paid until the federal government is back up and running.
“The very nature of going through the planning of it, even if it does not come to fruition is taking up a significant amount of manpower, man hours. That's taking away from our abilities to focus again on the mission. It's not going to help the economy. Civilian employees will come to work Tuesday to get their instructions on how the shutdown impacts them."
-- Colonel Kyle Kremer, Scott Air Force Base