The public buildings in Washington DC were closed today since early hours in the morning after the US government officially has shut down as consequence the lawmakers of the main political parties did not get an agreement about the federal budget for the next year.
The most noticeable were the museums located at the National Mall as the American History Museum, the National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of Natural History, Art Museum of the Americas, among others, which doors were closed to the public today after almost twenty years.
Not so far at the west side of the National Mall it was observed the “Lincoln Memorial” monument was closed too, so many tourists of different states of US and over the world looked disappointed. Some of them were encouraged to take some pictures from the street.
On a fence in front of the “Lincoln Memorial” it was looked a placard which said “Because of the Federal Government SHUT DOWN all National Parks are closed”.
Like other monuments on the National Mall – including the nearby Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, and National World War II Memorial – the “Lincoln Memorial” and the national museums are administered by the National Park Service, the agency of the United States Department of the Interior which was among the government offices forced to close until further notice.
For the first time in 17 years, the U.S. government has officially shut down after the Democrats did not accept the condition of Republicans to postpone the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare”.
Approximately 800 thousands federal employees will be affected for this event.