Government Shutdown
There is a need to pass a bill extending routine government funding after a stopgap bill expires March 27. Without an extension, a partial government shutdown would occur. Congress must pass this spending bill, called a continuing resolution or “CR,” which would continue spending after Sept. 30, 2013, the end of the 2013 fiscal year. As it stands now, the government’s legal authority to borrow more money runs out in mid-October, 2013. According to the Bipartisan Policy Center, if that date arrived on October 18, the Treasury “would be about $106 billion short of paying all bills owed between October 18 and November 15. The congressionally mandated limit on federal borrowing is currently set at $16.7 trillion. The debt limit has been raised 13 times since 2001 and has grown from about 55 percent of Gross Domestic Product in 2001 to 102 percent of GDP last year.

Closing of Colonial Farm, Which Receives No Government Funding

from The Gray Area:

It is the administration's responsibility during times of government funding shortages to make the decisions about what functions of the government are open and which are not. The report below represents another example of how the Obama Administration uses politics, instead of what is best for the people of the country, to make decisions. The administration wants to do the most public harm in order to add pressure to the opposition to do what the Administration wants. Little things like this, multiplied around the country, purposely direct pain at local people that have no reason to even feel the pain of the government shutdown. There will be enough pain for people if the shutdown negotiations drag on, the President doesn't need to create more. Dispicable! Just be a leader and do the right thing on occasion. Is that too much to ask.

from The Washington Free Beacon,

Fox News’ On the Record reported Thursday on the government shutdown leading to the ordered closing of the Claude Moore Colonial Farm, a Virginia park that sits on federal land but receives no resources for maintenance or operation from the government.

The Washington Free Beacon first reported on the government’s shutdown theater in ordering the closing Wednesday.

The National Parks Service said there were “no exceptions,” despite managing director Anna Eberly explaining the farm had upcoming events. The parking lot was barricaded and police were sent to escort people off the property.

“We don’t cost them a penny to operate, nor have we for a long time,” she said. “Why wouldn’t you leave us open? Why wouldn’t you allow people to visit a national park?”

The farm was allowed to stay open in 1995 during the last government shutdown. Eberly said the closure had already cost the farm $20,000, and if it didn’t re-open soon, it would never open again.

Reporter Griff Jenkins said that must make her and her co-workers upset.

“Yeah, we’re pissed,” she said.

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