<!–/ .post-meta The National Park Service has closed the Washington National Mall since October 1, 2013. Picture by Crystal Sanchez.

Preservation Action, Legislative Update
Volume 16, Number 41, October 11, 2013 →

Shutdown Continues as Debt Ceiling Nears but There’s Light at the End of the Tunnel

As the government shutdown continues on its 11th day, there appears to be a break in the stalemate. House and Senate Republicans are both working on proposals for compromise to both re-open the government and raise the debt ceiling, which the government will reach on October 17th. The House Republicans’ proposal will fund the government through December 15th and extend the debt ceiling to November 22nd. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) dismissed the GOP proposal, saying he does not agree with a 6 week funding proposal. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) is drafting another GOP proposal for compromise. Collins proposes a longer-term solution to raise the debt ceiling and re-open the government. It also includes some reforms to Obamacare, including repeal of the medical device tax. Her plan seems to have the backing of most Senate Republicans. It is uncertain whether Senate Democrats and the White House will support the proposal.

The Department of the Interior announced it will re-open National Parks in states that can cover the operating costs. The deal was brokered between Secretary Sally Jewell and Utah Governor Gary Hebert (R). The parks reopening are Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Zion national parks. Utah expects these parks will re-open today. Governors of Arizona, South Dakota, and Colorado have also asked the Interior Department to re-open the National Parks in their states. Jewell noted that the federal government will be under no obligation to repay the states but could be decided in Congressional legislation to end the shutdown.

The shutdown has taken a toll on areas that are dependent on National Parks. About 18,000 visitors are being turned away each day from the Grand Canyon. The town of Tusayan, the gateway to the South Rim, reports that its businesses are losing more than $200,000 a day.

Visitors hoping to see the Grand Canyon have driven up tourism income for several Arizona Tribes. The Hualapai Tribe owns a plexiglass horseshoe that overlooks Grand Canyon West. According to an NPR report, the Navajo Nation is offering tours on Grand Canyon East. Havasupai Tribe Vice Chairman Matthew Putesoy said it is four times the number of visitors for this time of year.

Make Sure to Attend Preservation Action’s Events at the National Preservation Conference

Are you headed to the National Preservation Conference in Indianapolis at the end of the month? Make sure you don’t miss out on these great Preservation Action events:

  • Preservation Action Silent Auction, Exhibit Hall, Oct. 31-Nov. 1
  • Preservation Action Member Meeting, Location TBA, Nov. 1, 1:15-2:45 p.m.
  • Preservation Action Silent Auction Closing Party, Exhibit Hall, Nov. 1, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Preservation Action Live Auction at Speakeasy on the Circle Closing Party, Columbia Club, Nov. 1, 7:30-11:00 p.m.

For more on how to support the auction, see below. We hope to see you there!

The Preservation Action Foundation Silver Label Auction Needs Your Support

There are three ways to support preservation advocacy education; become a Silver Sponsordonate an item, and partake in the party! See the auction website for more information. Our Silver Label Auction, celebrating the Foundation’s 25th Anniversary, is coming up at the National Preservation Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, October 29 through November 1. The silent auction is taking place in the exhibit hall of the conference on October 31 and November 1, with a closing party on November 1 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. At 7:30 p.m. that night, the super swank party starts at the Columbia Club for the Speakeasy on the Circle closing party hosted by Indiana Landmarks. Partake in our annual live auction of fabulous travel and jewelry packages happily sandwiched between a jazzy cabaret show–all MC’d by Indianapolis’s celebrity charity auctioneer, Darin Lawson.

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