Congressional vote ends shutdown, reopens national parks


For the first time in more than two weeks, Bay Area residents and tourists will be able to return to Alcatraz, Muir Woods and parts of the

Golden Gate Park Recreation area that were closed due to the federal government shutdown.

These and other popular Bay Area destinations are among more than 400 national parks and monuments that have been off-limits to the public since the shutdown began on Oct. 1.

Park workers are preparing to return to work Thursday after a congressional vote Wednesday evening that approved a deal to end the shutdown

and prevent the federal government from defaulting on its financial obligations.

"After a 17-day shutdown, Congress has reached a short-term budget resolution that re-opens the federal government, including our 401 national

parks and monuments," National Parks Conservation Association Acting President Theresa Pierno said in a statement Wednesday night.

"We are grateful that the dedicated men and women of the National Park Service can return to their jobs serving the American public as stewards

of some of America's most spectacular lands and significant historic sites," she said.

National parks have officially reopened as of Wednesday night and Alcatraz Cruises, the official government concessioner for tours of the

historic island, announced it would resume normal trips to Alcatraz Island beginning at 8:45 a.m.

Bay Area residents planning to visit Yosemite National Park this week will be able to check into accommodations or campsites at the park

starting at noon, park officials said.


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Posted by Darrin
a resident of Blackhawk
on Oct 18, 2013 at 8:57 am

Let's hope the good people of Kentucky terminate their turncoat loser Mitch McConnell.
Thank God real Americans like Cruz and Mike Lee are on the horizon. Thank God there are too many candles on Feinstein and Pelosi's cakes for them to last much longer.

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Posted by Theresa
a resident of Danville
on Oct 18, 2013 at 11:56 am

Yes, let's waste another 24 billion dollars throwing a tantrum because we don't like the idea of providing health care to all citizens! The impact of our proverbial pi$$ing contest be damned - we want our way and we will have it!

Darren, you are thanking God for this catastrophe - really? I truly hope you never have a child with spina bifida or any of the other birth defects that essentially make your child uninsurable for most working class citizens under previous policies. Or that you don't end up with a disease that ends your career, making medical insurance a luxury you can't afford while trying to keep food on the plates of your children.


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Posted by Del
a resident of Blackhawk
on Oct 18, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Good for you Teresa. Why on earth would anyone consider Cruz and Lee "real Americans". Real for what, protecting the "I've got mine" mentality? Thanks to these two clowns, we just lost 24 billion dollars that sure could be used to reduce our deficit, if that's what they truly wanted. I guess 200 years of democracy that's worked pretty well will be flushed down the toilet by a couple of freshman Senators egos or big money supporters.

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Posted by Diego Menendez
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Oct 22, 2013 at 9:56 am

Cruz is the best---a man with American convictions---waste is flying congress to a funeral in Florida--waste is voting $150000 to a multi millionaire widow for her dead congressman hubby. Waste is flying the Obama dog on his own jet. Wake up libtards.

Waste is the Ailey struggle of minority children stuck in ghetto schools because dems won't vote for a voucher system yet Obama sends his girls to private with limo service!

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Posted by Huh?
a resident of Danville
on Oct 22, 2013 at 10:02 am

Diego, by the use of the term "libtards" you have established your level of personal courtesy, acumen and credibility. The fact that you repeat a long-since debunked nonsensical right wing claim about the Obama's dog is just icing on the cake. Thanks for the heads-up.

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Posted by patriot
a resident of Danville
on Oct 22, 2013 at 10:04 am

The closing of the national parks was not a necessity of the so-called "shutdown". It was done by the Obama Chicago lackeys to make average Americans suffer and cry out to be saved from the patriots that see the cliff ahead of us and are trying to stop the Obama spending spree before it can inflict more permanent damage on every American, poor, middle-class (what is left after the Obama debacle) and rich alike.

Problems with the chronically-ill being able to get insurance could have been addressed without going to the extreme step of Obamacare. We are only now just getting a taste of the massive problems that Obamacare will create from the abject failure of the signup procedures. Hundreds of millions wasted on this mess and this is what we purchased? Probably more of Obama's bundlers being paid off. God help us.

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Posted by Dave
a resident of Danville
on Oct 22, 2013 at 3:37 pm

The Republicans have, for years, had no answer for the soaring, crushing costs of healthcare in this country.

Instead they are playing out the petulant script of an increasingly marginalized political party that is out of touch with the realities of daily lives of most Americans, and that is devoid of useful ideas. And they are led by ego-driven opportunists like Sen. Lee and Sen. Cruz.

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Posted by Huh?
a resident of Danville
on Oct 22, 2013 at 3:51 pm

Actually, "patriot", the U.S. government was required by law to close ***all*** non-essential government operations while the hostage situation was in effect. I get that the subversives who were willing to cripple the nation in service to their ideological hobby-horse wanted their skullduggery to be hidden out of sight, but the fact is that parks, valuable as they are, are not "essential" functions of government and no money could legally be spent to operate them as long as the right wing fanatics prevented the House from voting to authorize the continued funding of the ***entire*** federal government. There is no legal authority to exempt the stuff that people might notice, as much as you and your "leaders" might have preferred that cover for their unpatriotic acts.

Your rant about "Chicago lackeys" illustrates the tunnel vision you experience while living in your reality-free Fox zone. If there was a better solution to our medical funding problem (which is already serious, and was getting worse) it would have behooved the Republicans to come up with one. They didn't. (Well, actually, they did - it's called "Obamacare" and it's basically the product of the Heritage Foundation and Mitt Romney, but you won't hear that on Fox.)

And I wish you'd spoken up about "spending sprees" when Reagan, Bush and Bush ran up the majority of America's national debt from 1982 through 2007 - that would have made the deficit funding that was needed to stave off complete global economic collapse starting in Bush's last year in office a lot easier. But all we heard from the right back then was "Reagan proved that deficits don't matter." Now that the economy is recovering, annual deficits are declining dramatically. Maybe this time when the economy recovers fully we won't cut taxes (again) below the level required to meet expenditures, and actually decrease the debt instead of increasing it, as was done in every one of the past 20 years we had a Republican in the White House.

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Posted by Theresa
a resident of Danville
on Oct 22, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Sooo, I read "Patriot's" post and was going to respond but I can't do better than that, Huh! My only addition would be, that even with Patriot's own estimate that the new health care cost would be in the "hundreds of millions"n (which we know is ridiculous) that is still considerably less than the 24 billion squandered away by the recent tea party tantrum.

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Posted by Conservator
a resident of Danville
on Oct 22, 2013 at 4:45 pm


Time was when our country went into crisis or conflict, at least in principle, we all shared in the misery. Just a generation back, everything from gas, butter and sugar rations was the norm. Offering your sons to government conscription was just as much the norm during times of war and not. You felt the pains of the country just as much as it's joys.

The government shut-down because of those idiots in the Beltway - a few of particular note but all share blame. Could you really rationalize that all of this could occur and yet have no impact on life around you? Were you thinking that a shutdown only shuts the Capital building and 'maybe' the museums on the National Mall while you head to Yosemite for a holiday weekend? This makes no sense.

There is a way for you to 'patriotically' push forward your agenda and even witness an outcome you desire. Volunteer your time to a conservative campaign (somewhere / anywhere). Offer some of your treasure (somewhere / anywhere) and try to get your candidate elected. If successful, 'rinse and repeat' sufficiently till you and those of a similar voting mind achieve a voting block to either change laws, policies or both. If your not successful, rethink the strategy, review the risk-reward tactics or simply tip your hat and carry-on. That is American politics.

However, don't advocate for shutting the government down while your guy(s) quote Darth Vader and request Letters of Mark so that they can live out a childhood pirate fantasy. It seems that some of the older guard in the GOP are finally getting this perspective right (Web Link). It's too bad, it took the recent debacle to inject a learning opportunity.

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