Congress Considers Refunding State Parks Impacted by Shutdown

Published 03/21 2014 09:28AM

Updated 03/21 2014 09:45PM

(CNN) Congress is trying to refund states for last fall's national park closures.

Hundreds of parks closed last October when the government shut down for two weeks. The closures happened at one of the peak visitation times of the year

Worried about the crippling effect on local economies, six states paid the federal government to reopen the parks. And those states are still waiting to get their money back.

Last week a group of bipartisan U.S. Senators introduced a bill that would reimburse the states. But the bill's future is uncertain.

A similar bill introduced last December is still languishing in the house.

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