"We spend billions of dollars every week, yet eight hours after Congress fails to reach a compromise, we have a drastically curtailed situation like this? It's just politics," Huff said.
"We've all got to work together, whether in business or in government," said Tom Karsner of Frankfort, Ky., who stopped at Canyon Rim with a group of family and friends for a view of the Gorge during a four-day tour of West Virginia state parks. "Democrats and Republicans need to get together. They're supposed to be doing the same job -- taking care of the country and the people who live in it. This just makes us mad."
Also on Tuesday, rangers at New River Gorge began informing visitors staying in park campgrounds that they have 48 hours to vacate their sites, since the campgrounds can't be maintained or adequately patrolled during the shutdown.
"It's a little frustrating to hear that, but we were planning to leave tomorrow [Wednesday], anyway," said Adam Riffle, who was spending a break from his Marshall University master's degree program camping at Grandview Sandbar Campground and kayaking the upper New River with friends.
Also closed on Tuesday due to the government shutdown were Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge and Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Those shutdowns left a total of 11 employees furloughed, while four others remained on the job.
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