Congress, fighting like children over spending and Obamacare, failed to renew critical government funding on Tuesday, affecting many area of the economy including many domestic and international travelers.
Although rail networks, essential air security and traffic control operations won't be affected as yet, travelers visiting the country's national parks and other government-run tourist attractions will find the things closed up tight.
If this makes you angry, it’s because it should. This behavior from some in Congress, determined to sabotage the economy, is just plain irresponsible. They have shut down the government by refusing to do something every honest American is expected to do-- pay their bills. We all do it whether we like it or not.
Impact on National Parks due to government shutdown?
All 401 national parks across the country are closed affecting as many as 715,000 national park visitors each day the government remains shutdown. Guests staying in campgrounds and on-site hotels will be given 48 hours to leave.
More than 21,000 national park staff members have been furloughed meaning critical resource management, including important scientific monitoring to protect endangered species, is not taking place.
You can help, the National Park Foundation to directly support the national parks around the country by donating or by joining the national park community at www.nationalparks.org.
Many ask, why are our representatives are being paid large salaries to fight among themselves, costing the American people jobs and damaging our international reputation?
According to a report by the Lexington Herald-Leader newspaper, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, plans to donate his salary to charity during the shutdown and Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Texas, told CNN he is urging his fellow members of Congress to donate their pay to charitable causes.
"I don't think we should get paid until (the shutdown) is resolved," Rep. Pete DeSantis, R-Fla, told CNN's Jake Tapper on Tuesday. "I've asked the clerk to withhold any pay for me until we get this up and running. I just think that that's fair for the folks involved who've been negatively affected by this."
Many Americans agree with them. Congress must reach an agreement.