Oct. 1– The federal government officially closed for business last night at midnight, due mostly to a budgetary disagreement between House Republicans and Senate Democrats.
The single most important job the United States Congress has is to pass budget bills to fund the operations of the federal government, and when they reach an impasse, the negotiations turn into a high stakes game of chicken.
Since 1976, the government has shut down in the same manner 17 times, with most shutdowns lasting just a few to several days. The longest shutdown was 21 days.
The likely most obvious impact locally will be the closing of Shiloh National Military Park, which will remain closed to the public for the duration of the shutdown.
According to park Superintendent John Bundy, all roads in the park will be closed to the public and barricaded.
Tenn. 22, which runs through the park from north to south, is the only roadway which will remain completely open. Tenn. 142 will be closed from where it meets Tenn. 22 eastward.
Local residents who live just outside the park boundaries will be allowed to traverse the perimeter roads inside the park for local travel, the superintendent said.