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Government shutdown: Northstate National Parks closed

Published On: Dec 24 2013 08:18:13 AM CST   Updated On: Oct 01 2013 10:36:56 PM CDT
REDDING, Calif. -

For the first time in 17 years, the U.S. government is shut down after lawmakers failed to agree on a spending bill to fund the government.

Stocks opened moderately higher on Tuesday, despite the partial government shutdown.    

The shutdown means more than 400 national parks are closed, including the Statue of Liberty, Yellowstone and Yosemite.

In the Northstate, Lassen Volcanic National Park and Whiskeytown National Recreation Area are also closed.

A Senate vote Tuesday morning has left Democrats and Republicans no closer to resolving the deadlock that has brought a partial shutdown of the federal government.

The Senate rejected the House's call to form a negotiating committee to resolve the deadlock.

Republicans who control the House are still insisting on changes to President Barack Obama's health care law as a condition for providing funding to keep the government operating. Senate Democrats and the White House are rejecting that idea. The White House says it's open to making changes in the health care law, but not while federal spending is being held hostage.

Moments after Tuesday's Senate vote, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid put the blame on House Republicans. He said, "The government is closed because of the irrationality of what's going on on the other side of the Capitol."

But Republicans say the shutdown is caused by the refusal of the White House to negotiate on the health care law.