Government shutdown over, time to proceed

The government partial shutdown ended after 16 days. The House of Representatives and the Senate ceased negotiations on the evening of Oct. 16. President Obama signed a resolution around midnight, reopening
the government, extending the national debt and raising the budget until Feb. 7.

About 50,000 federal workers in Washington state were out of work because of the shutdown.

Some civilian employees at the naval shipyards in Bremerton and Joint Base Lewis-McChord stayed home with no guarantee of returning to work. Though active-duty service members still received pay.

Agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency were not able to oversee waste spills in our state. But, the Department of Ecology remained open with cleanup crews for emergency spills.

National parks were closed across the country. The National Park Service may have lost $450,000 in entrance fees daily, according to the Seattle Times. Local economies lost over $75,000,000 a day in tourism attributed to national parks, according to USA Today.

A few states had money to reopen the parks at their discretion.

Pell Grants, student loans and other federal grants continued to be funded during the shutdown.

Though it is difficult to accurately calculate the loss, federal revenue loss is estimated in the billions of dollars per day, according to the New York Times.

Students should email their Congress members and President Obama expressing concerns on the shutdown, said Peter Rex, SPSCC political science professor.

The country has not defaulted on its debts, and things should return to normal soon. Federal employees are returning to work. Mt. Rainier national park has re-opened, according to the News Tribune.

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