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senate Bill S. 145

Should States That Paid to Keep National Parks Open During the Government Shutdown Be Reimbursed?

Argument in favor

National parks are an immense recreational resource that countless people enjoy each year. These six states did the American people a favor by keeping them open during the federal shutdown, the least Congress can do is repay them.

PacificCstar's Opinion
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10/22/2015
Absolutely. The Feds failed, and the states that continued to provide for their constituents should not be punished for congressional failure.
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Dirtrhino's Opinion
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08/25/2015
It wasn't the states' fault our congress is full of a bunch of childish, selfish jerks. National provide a huge boost to local economies. In many cases, economically, there was almost no other choice than to pay to keep them open. Those members of congress who choose to shut down the government (aka the republican wing) should have to reimburse the states out of their own pockets
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Nate's Opinion
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09/07/2016
The state government should not be punished financially for a federal feud.
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Argument opposed

States weren’t obligated to operate the national parks within their borders during the federal government shutdown. They chose to use their own funding to keep them open — they should own that cost.

BTSundra's Opinion
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08/21/2015
It was the states' decision, they should pay for it.
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Mark's Opinion
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03/01/2016
They volunteered to find it, they shouldn't be compensated
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Curmudgeon's Opinion
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08/14/2015
My take is they should have an idea whether their fees covered their expenses during the hiatus. If not, they can wait in line for reimbursement until the perennially strapped USA becomes solvent (hah!) which goal was the reason for the 'sequester' in the first place.
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    It was the states' decision, they should pay for it.
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    Absolutely. The Feds failed, and the states that continued to provide for their constituents should not be punished for congressional failure.
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    It wasn't the states' fault our congress is full of a bunch of childish, selfish jerks. National provide a huge boost to local economies. In many cases, economically, there was almost no other choice than to pay to keep them open. Those members of congress who choose to shut down the government (aka the republican wing) should have to reimburse the states out of their own pockets
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    Teach the dummies the results of their childish actions.
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    Did we stop paying taxes when the government shut down? No. So our money should still go where it was scheduled to go.
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    They volunteered to find it, they shouldn't be compensated
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    What government shutdown? Do you mean when the politicians reduced some non-essential government services while they worked out more borrowing to pay for it? The question should be, why are they borrowing money to pay for non-essential services?
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    Since we are two years past due on this completely avoidable expense, the States involved are also due back a reasonable interest on the loan + late fees. Rather than quibble for more years over that amount, use the same late fee scale used by the IRS for late tax payments.
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    My take is they should have an idea whether their fees covered their expenses during the hiatus. If not, they can wait in line for reimbursement until the perennially strapped USA becomes solvent (hah!) which goal was the reason for the 'sequester' in the first place.
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    The state government should not be punished financially for a federal feud.
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    Give them the parks as compensation. There's no excuse for a national parks system.
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    The Government planned this shutdown on Labor day weekend two years ago. There are so many dangerous stories and hardships. We were at the Stahekin National Park that weekend. There were International Hikers that hiked from Mexico to Stahekin National Park which is at the far end of Lake Chelan Washington. This large group of hikers planned to stay overnight at the Stahekin Lodge and enjoy a good meal. These people had a long hard hike and looked forward to a nice bed to sleep in. When they were dragging in they found NO ROOM AT THE INN, NO FOOD, NO SHOWER AND NO WAY TO GET TO THE TOWN OF CHELAN...50 miles away by boat (no roads to Chelan). Obama doesn't care about this Country or it's people (I won't say what I'm thinking)! Many families were camping, enjoying trips to many National Parks. No one got the news that all National Parks were closed because Obama picked Labor Day weekend to do that! Think of all these families that were turned around; some or even most were hundreds of miles away from home and couldn't even eat in a restaurant; I know, it happened to us. I'm sure the stories are many and some people were not well.
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    Definitely yes. Someone should present a bill that forbids Government shutdowns.
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    Gg
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    Stayes should be allowed to keep those funds to do maintenance on their perspective infrastructures
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    It's not the state's fault congress is corrupt and inept.
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    Yes. Why are they being charged? What is the purpose of shutdown, anyway? These are not governmental operations centers. If a matter of paying workers, privatize that workforce. More privatization would help grow economy much better than spending at all on those jobs. In the long run, it would save more money than just shutting down periodically.
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    It was a stupid political ploy to have the shutdown in the first place. The National Parks are funded with our tax dollars and should never be subjected to petty politics.
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    absolutely
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    Yes, and the republicans should pay them every penny.
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