Saguaro National Park preps for potential government shutdown
TUCSON(KGUN9-TV) - What once seemed unlikely, is now seemingly imminent. President Barack Obama warned during a White House press conference, if Congress does not come to a spending deal before October 1, a partial federal shutdown will go into effect.
The shutdown will stop some government services, close national parks and force federal workers to stay home.
Saturday night, the Senate passed a spending bill to keep the government running through November 15. With the bill now in the House's hands, President Obama is pushing for resolve before time runs out.
"I realize a lot of what's taking place right now is political grand standing, but this grand standing has real effects on real people," President Obama said.
Saguaro National Park officials are hopeful that come closing time Monday, they will not close indefinitely.
Lana and Carl Sollars are visiting Saguaro National Park from Indiana. Their first time in Arizona, they planned to visit several area national parks during their trip.
"It's very frustrating, we invested quite a bit to come out here, to see this and it's going to be a huge disappointment -- Huge disappointment," Carl said while standing alongside his wife.
While many Democrats and Republicans play the blame game, many criticize Congress as a whole.
"I think that people are being paid to do there legislative job and have not been doing it as of late," Tucson resident and former National Park Ranger, Bruce Banduski told 9OYS.
Congressman Rob Barber issued a statement saying the shutdown potential will effect the economy as a whole, making "government less efficient."
The Senate is scheduled to meet Monday afternoon.