Shutdown’s End is Progress, but Pernicious Effects of Sequester Remain

"Reopening the government can’t undo all the damage of the shutdown."

10-17-2013 // Miles Grant

Charles M. Russell Wildlife Refuge

Congressional leaders have reportedly reached a deal to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling.

Adam Kolton, executive director of the National Wildlife Federation’s National Advocacy Center, said today:

"We welcome the bipartisan agreement in the Senate that will reopen the government and avert a catastrophic default. These past days when our National Parks, National Wildlife Refuges and other public lands have been shuttered has reminded us all of the values these cherished landscapes have not only for hunting, fishing, hiking, camping and outdoor recreation but as engines for local economies and communities.

"But reopening the government can’t undo all the damage of the shutdown. For example, today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the cancelation of 2013’s National Wildlife Refuge Week and along with it hundreds of local events across the country. America’s 560 National Wildlife Refuges host 47 million people each year, generating $2.1 billion to local economies and supporting tens of thousands of jobs.

"In the coming weeks, we look forward to working with Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, and budget conferees to pass a budget and lift the sequester, which has slashed conservation investments by record levels and undercut America’s commitment to clean air, clean water and public lands."

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