National parks sit on edge of 'fiscal cliff'
Written byKYLE ROERINK, Casper Star-Tribune
The National Parks Service has three budget possibilities for 2013.
None look good.
The supplemental budget Congress passed in September only funds day-to-day operations until March 27. If nothing is done before then, the service’s finances will remain precarious at least until spring.
Second is a slapdash budget lawmakers hope to piece together before the end of the year.
The labors of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House on an omnibus spending bill are being called a fool’s errand by skeptics in Washington. House Speaker John Boehner says reaching a bargain with six weeks remaining in the year could be capricious. But the fear of falling over the so-called “fiscal cliff” put lawmakers to work before the lame duck-session begins after Thanksgiving. Deep cuts to Park Service spending are inevitable in whatever Congress proposes in the coming weeks. Anything, though, would be better than the third option: sequestration.VIEW ORIGINAL ARTICLE