National Parks Close; Create Big Impact Locally

Reported by: Alisha Searl
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Updated: 10/01/2013 11:46 pm
When the news hit, it hit hard for John Culpepper, Chairman of the Georgia Civil War Commission.

Culpepper adds, "Saw all these barricades and I thought, well, we celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga last week. I thought what's going on this week?"

All national parks are closed.

The Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park is no exception.

All because the house and senate still cannot agree on a bill to fund the government.

We could not even reach the US Department of the Interior to find out just how many workers are furloughed.

Culpepper adds, "I'm upset about it, but then again I feel like if this is what it takes to get us going in the right direction, then so be it."

Culpepper says if the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park remains closed for a week, then the local economy will be losing about a million dollars.

Culpepper, adds, "I'm just giving you numbers that came from the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau for 2011."

A million dollars a week; it's a number that puts a whole new perspective on the term government shutdown.

Culpepper adds, "It's a necessary evil in my opinion right now."
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sailasails2 - 10/2/2013 9:57 AM
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Budget deficits, Medicaid funding - more than once,their own pay raises, and social spending. Most of this were Republicans trying to get something for themselves or their constituents. This Country isn't run as a Democracy at all. Congress isn't representing "we, the people", but themselves and those that pay them more than we do.

sailasails2 - 10/2/2013 9:32 AM
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The federal government has previously shut down 17 times in the past four decades. The longest shutdowns were: • 1. December 16, 1995 to January 6, 1996, 21-day dispute between President Clinton and the Republican House over budget deficit projections. • 2. September 30 to October 18, 1978, 18-day dispute over President Carter's veto of a bill funding a a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and additional disputes over Medicaid funding for abortion. • 3. September 30 to October 13, 1977, 12-day dispute between the House and Senate over Medicaid dollars for abortion. • 4. September 30 to October 12, 1979, 11-day dispute between the Senate and House over pay raises for Congress and abortion spending. • 5. September 30 to October 11, 1976, 10-day dispute between President Ford and Congress over social spending. Prior to 1980, most government agencies kept operating without a budget. But in 1980 and 1981, Attorney General Benjamin R. Civiletti issued two opinions that more strictly interpreted the Anti-deficiency Act to limit what operations are "essential" and may continue without a budget

JeffK - 10/1/2013 11:09 PM
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Parks and other non-essential services close... while Congress remains open for business (or non-business) as usual...
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