Bracing For A Shutdown

Friday, April 8, 2011 - 9:36am

With no deal in sight, a government shutdown may be imminent.

After a second night of failed negotiations, President Obama made it clear, "I expect an answer in the morning," said the President.

Just hours from now he'll have to notify federal workers to stay home Monday. The hang-up is Republican demands to limit abortions, cut funding for public radio and strip power from the environmental protection agency, "The sad part about it, we keep never quite getting to the finish line,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).

"Our colleagues are using our defense department to hold it hostage, said Senator Jeff Sessions, (R) Alabama.

Americans are starting to fear the real impact, "They don't have the average Joe's interest in mind," said Utah Resident Randy Keepers.

"They're not looking out for the little man," Utah Resident DeWayne Carli.

National parks would close. 70% of Yosemite’s income is from tourists. This resort is already talking layoffs, "Shutting down the park essentially shuts everyone down," said Yosemite Bug Mountain Resort Owner Douglas Shaw.

At Yellowstone, officials say residents in the area may be affected, "We're the water company; we're the sewer company; we're the road department; we're 9-1-1," said Yellowstone Park Spokesman Al Nash.

And as of midnight tonight, they may also be furloughed.

Tracie Potts, NBC News.

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