Govern­ment shut­down ends — but clock is tick­ing

Rappahannock News - - COUNTRYSID­E -

Shenan­doah Na­tional Park Ranger Hazel Ru­dacille says it “feels good” to be back on the job fol­low­ing the long­est-ever fed­eral govern­ment shut­down that im­pacted her and 800,000 other work­ers and con­trac­tors — 137,000 in Vir­ginia — ei­ther fur­loughed or work­ing with­out pay for 35 days. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump agreed last week to a three-week spend­ing pack­age, long enough to re­sume govern­ment op­er­a­tions through Feb. 15. He warned if the $5.7 bil­lion he’s re­quested for a U.S.-Mex­ico bor­der wall isn’t forth­com­ing he will con­sider shut­ting down the govern­ment all over again.

BY JOHN MC­CASLIN

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