GOLDEN SPIKE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE, Box Elder County — The Winter Steam Festival, which was set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, has been canceled due to the partial U.S. government shutdown.
The cancelation notice was posted on the park’s website.
The annual event usually allows visitors to experience history at the site where the first transcontinental railroad was completed on May 10, 1869.
The shutdown started Saturday when funding lapsed for nine Cabinet-level departments and dozens of agencies, including the National Park Service. According to the Associated Press, roughly 420,000 workers were deemed essential and are working unpaid, while an additional 380,000 have been furloughed.4 comments on this story
The impasse over government funding began last week when the Senate approved a bipartisan deal keeping government open into February. That bill provided $1.3 billion for border security projects but not money for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. At President Donald Trump's urging, the House approved that package and inserted the $5.7 billion he had requested, the Associated Press reported.
But Senate Republicans lacked the votes they needed to force the measure through their chamber. That jump-started negotiations between Congress and the White House, but the deadline came and went without a deal.
Trump has vowed to hold the line on his budget demand, telling reporters during his visit to Iraq Wednesday that he'll do "whatever it takes" to get money for border security.