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Sequestration effects felt at National Mall

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With no plans in sight to end sequestration, more details are emerging on how the forced cuts could impact Americans.

The latest casualty could be summer fun on the National Mall.

The budget cuts that went into March 1 have forced the National Park Service to freeze all new hiring, including dozens of seasonal workers, supervisors and the Mall's landscape architect.

Gareth Glewwe of Frederick said, "Anytime that they're not hiring more people is bad, especially if it's something that's gonna effect how our nation looks. This is something that reflects what we are here in America, and if it's looking trashy, [it's] gonna result in America not looking its best."

And it'll only get worse for the National Mall if sequestration stays, as it calls for nearly $1.7 million to be cut from the Park Service's budget annually.

Just to give you some prospective, the Fourth of July celebration alone costs $1 million.

The impact of the cuts are starting to extend off the Mall, as well.

The line of tourists visiting the National Archives will certainly grow in the months ahead. Starting Friday, the Archives will be operating on reduced hours.

Kate McFall, who is visiting from Houston, Texas, said, "There are many ways you can use budget cuts to benefit the people instead of using it to cut off or remove different services for the public."

Across the street, the National Gallery of Art is also looking to shut its doors for the first time since the mid-90s budget battle. It plans to close on Mondays this summer.

"I know we gotta do what we gotta do save money," Glewwe continued. "...but, but it's sad when it comes down to having to shut down and lose hours,"

 

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