Wow, Did I Call This or What? Republicans Consider a Narrow Bill to Fund Parks Only

In several recent posts, I have found humor in the fact that no one seems to be able to identify any services they will miss in the partial government shutdown except parks (here and here).  I joked that

I would love to see the government shutdown rules modified to add National Parks to the critical assets that remain open in a shutdown, since this seems the only thing anyone cares about.  Then it would be fascinating to see how the downside of the shutdown would be spun.  I can see the headlines now.   "AP:  Millions of TPS reports go unfiled".

Wow, suddenly I am a political prognosticator.  

Moments ago Reuters and other wire services report, citing Republican Peter King, that House Republicans plan to pass three funding bills today to reopen Federal Parks, veteran programs and fund for the District of Columbia.

Apparently it is going nowhere.  By the way, I have spent most of the day on the phone with supposedly-furloughed employees discussing the parks we operate, which look like they are going to stay open.


  1. solarno:

    It would be nice if something could change in the next day or two as my wife and I are headed to Flagstaff for our anniversary this weekend and the Petrified Forest NP is on our itinerary.

  2. Russ R.:

    The best case scenario will be that the government shutdown goes on for weeks or months, and people go about their normal routines with even fewer obstructions and inconveniences.

  3. Joe_Da:

    Is there a fence

  4. mesocyclone:


  5. 0ptimist:

    There's a nice bit of performance art with as well.

    "Because of the federal government shutdown, all national parks are closed and National Park Service webpages are not operating. For more information, go to"