A proposed congressional budget agreement would avoid a government shutdown in January and set spending for defense and domestic programs.
BRECKSVILLE, Ohio - The government's partial shutdown has affected a local marathon, forcing a rescheduling of the event.
The Towpath Marathon at Cuyahoga Valley National Park, originally set to be run this upcoming weekend, will now be held Sunday, Nov. 3.
"We have reached the drop-dead date where we cannot adequately address the logistics and safety concerns outlined in our permit," Tim Donovan, executive director of the Ohio Canal Corridor said. "Simply put, Congress has not acted and we have run out of time."
In selecting the new date, the Ohio Canal Corridor and Cuyahoga Valley National Park factored in time for elected officials to come to a solution and an extra hour of morning daylight through turning the clocks back.
If the government stalemate continues, a second backup date, Nov. 10, has also been put on the park's calendar.
"Let me say that we share your disappointment, frustration and anger at the predicament that Congress has created and the impacts it has brought," Donovan said.
Kerri Melvin, 32, of Boston Township, trained for several months for the event and is disappointed and surprised that the government shutdown affected the race.
"This is my first half marathon and trying to to get up to that distance and then tapering back down and not knowing if we were going to do it or not," Melvin said.
Due to a work conflict, Melvin cannot run the Towpath Marathon on November 3, so she signed up for a another race this weekend in Fairport Harbor.
Donovan said runners who can't run on the new date in three weeks will be offered refunds or entries into next year's race.
"Maybe we can use that moment to send a message to Congress on just how much people appreciate these resources," he said.
There is a way to prevent government shutdowns. A change in U.S. law would keep federal workers on the job and ensure that treasured sites stay open during a budget fight, instead of becoming political pawns.
While there is a collective sigh of relief in Peninsula now that the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Scenic Railroad are open again, the financial damage has been done.
Congress has passed legislation to reopen the partially-shuttered federal government and avert a potentially disastrous default on U.S. obligations, clearing the measure for President Barack Obama's promised signature.
The Senate has voted to avoid a financial default and reopen the government after a 16-day partial shutdown.
The reopening of national parks will be good news to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, which will continue the popular "Ales on Rails" for Cleveland Beer Week, but the shutdown may keep brews made specifically for beer week out of Ohio.
Even if the government shutdown ends soon, there are many people in northeast Ohio who have gone without paychecks. With that in mind, some financial institutions are lending a hand to help.
Senate leaders announced last-minute agreement Wednesday to avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government after a partial, 16-day shutdown. Congress raced to pass the measure by day's end.
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Time growing desperately short, Senate leaders took command of efforts to avert a Treasury default and end the partial government shutdown Tuesday night after a last big attempt by House Republicans abruptly collapsed.