Democrats To Oppose GOP Plan To Reopen National Parks

House and Senate Democrats say they'll reject a bid by Republicans to reopen portions of the government, including national parks and processing of claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

They say the entire government should be reopened, not just the parts that Republicans like.

Top Senate Democrat Harry Reid said Republicans "are trying to cherry-pick some of the few parts of government that they like."

The plan by House Republicans would also allow the government of Washington, D.C., to use its own taxpayer funds to provide services like garbage pickup.

The closure of national parks is among the most visible effects of the partial government shutdown. The GOP plan would reopen doors and visitors centers at iconic parks like Yosemite and Yellowstone and museums along the National Mall.

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Park rangers this morning cleared fishermen from the Cape Hatteras National Seashore as the federal government shuts down.

At Cape Lookout, private ferry operators were told not to bring people to the Core Banks because the national park is closed.

The shutdown is impacting hundreds of thousands of government workers nationwide, including some in Eastern Carolina.


Military bases in Eastern Carolina are operating differently today in the wake of the federal government shutdown. According to Marine Corps officials, "only essential operations and activities impacting safety, protection of human life and protection of our national security are authorized, and only the minimum number of civilian employees necessary to carry out those activities will be exempt from the furlough." Police, fire, EMS, utilities, training ranges, and cafeterias are among those staying open aboard Camp Lejeune and New River Air Station. Base schools will stay open, as will Marine Corps exchanges, child development centers, base schools, fitness centers and counseling offices.

Some of the services that will be closed include the Commissary (starting Wednesday), libraries, education center, outdoor recreation office, youth sports, indoor pool, group exercise classes, Auto Skills Center, the Relocation Assistance office, and Professional Development Services.

There will be reduced staff or reduced working hours at the ID Card Center, Traffic Court, the Installation Personnel Administration Center and Civilian Human Resources and more.

National Park Service
Most of the beaches on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore are closed as well as Cape Lookout.

Local ferries to Cape Lookout and Shackleford banks are not running. Ferries operated by the state are still in service.

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