Although Senators seemed to be making progress Sunday regarding negotiations to end the financial crisis, there are still no deals in place that would end the government shutdown or raise the debt ceiling.
The Treasury will reach its debt ceiling on Thursday. Hopes were high that a deal would be reached by Monday, but negotiations between the White House and the House of Representatives collapsed Saturday according to House Speaker John Boehner. The Senate then held a rare Sunday session without devising any solutions.
The Senate and House are scheduled to be in session Columbus Day even though it is a federal holiday.
Some state governments have taken measures to reopen some of their national parks and monuments regardless of the shutdown. New York State agreed to foot the bill for National Park Service workers at the Statue of Liberty so that the monument could remain open. Ten other national parks and monuments remain open under similar deals, including Arizona's Grand Canyon National Park.
SOURCE: The Chicago Tribune