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Shutdown felt by federal employees, tourists

Tuesday, Oct 01, 2013 - 01:50

Oct. 1 - Tourists found themselves turned away from monuments and memorials throughout the U.S. -- after a partial government shutdown went into effect on Tuesday. Deborah Gembara reports.

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It's official. The U.S. government has shutdown -- at least partially. Americans woke to the news that Congress had failed to pass a budget. What this means is that up to 1 million federal workers are now on unpaid leave. SOUNDBITE: BILL HOLMES, WORKS AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN ART SAYING: "We don't go if we are going to get paid for these days that we are going to be off on furlough. We don't know how long the furlough is going to be. This is just a bad situation." Tuesday in the capital was markedly quieter than just a day earlier. Tourists are out of luck --- this is what greeted many who hoped to visit some of Washington's monuments and memorials. It was a similar story at the city's museums and at hundreds of national parks and landmarks like the Statue of Liberty. SOUNDBITE: IGOGO GUEVARA, TOURIST FROM PERU, SAYING: "I feel very disappointed for that, because I am just staying here three days, so I hope that tomorrow is, is resolved this problem, so I can visit all the monuments." SOUNDBITE: JOY OAKES, VISITOR TO THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL, SAYING: "These are places with great meaning, not only in American society but to the world, and it makes people question how serious we are about taking care of the things most valuable in our society." SOUNDBITE: ELLEN BRUCKNER, TOURIST FROM NEW YORK, SAYING: "It send a terrible message. It sends a message - don't come to the United States unless you are sure everything's going to be open, and it says that here a small group of politicians have tied up the entire city." While active duty military aren't impacted, many civilians who work alongside them for the Defense Department will be furloughed. This is the first time in 17 years that the government has shut down.

Shutdown felt by federal employees, tourists

Tuesday, Oct 01, 2013 - 01:50

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