Local lawmakers comment on government shutdown

Annapolis state house
Posted at 8:25 AM, Dec 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-24 08:26:22-05

As of Monday morning a partial government shutdown remains, effecting multiple government organizations in the Baltimore area.

This shutdown comes after the Senate adjourned on Saturday without striking a deal, shutting down roughly a quarter of the federal government.

Agencies like national parks and monuments have all been closed because of the partial government shutdown, including the Fort McHenry Monument. There were no tours for visitors on Saturday and in a Tweet, administrators explained that the monument and shrine were closed to all visitation during the government shutdown.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has spoken out about the shutdown, calling on the federal government to take action.

"This is gridlock in Washington and it's the public, the dedicated federal employees, should not be a pawn in this battle in Washington. It's the same kind of dysfunction that we've been seeing for a long time."

Other lawmakers commenting on the matter over the weekend, including Senator Chris Van Hollen and Senator Ben Cardin.

More than 420,000 will be working without pay. At this time it is still not clear when this partial government shutdown will end.