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Marine industry could feel effects of shutdown

The National Marine Manufacturers Association says the government shutdown could have “a substantial impact on the recreational boating community” since it will result in the closing of all national parks and likely the loss of boating access to lakes run by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Regulatory work affecting recreational boating at agencies that include the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also will be halted, the industry group said in an email message today.

“It is unclear how long the shutdown will last, but the debate in Washington over fiscal spending has come to the brink,” the message said. “All non-essential government personnel will be furloughed and many government-run services will be halted until the shutdown is resolved.”

The Office of Management and Budget estimated that two government shutdowns in 1995 and 1996, totaling 27 days, cost the federal government $1.4 billion. That's more than $2 billion in today's dollars on costs such as back pay to furloughed federal workers and uncollected fines and taxes, according to CBS.

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