(Washington, DC) — The National Park Service is taking the unusual step of using entrance fees to keep up maintenance operations during the government shutdown. The Washington Post says the move is unprecedented and possibly illegal since law requires entrance fees to be used for visitor services instead of basic operations like clean-up. A new Interior Department memo would re-direct the funds to allow parks to pay more staff to clean up restrooms and trash, and to patrol more areas during the shutdown. The shutdown has gone on for more than two weeks over an impasse over funding for a border wall.
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