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Philadelphians have mixed feelings after 35-day government shutdown ends

January 27, 2019 / Michael Butler

The largest government shutdown in American history ended after 35 days Friday, and Philadelphians have mixed feelings about what that means for their lives and professional endeavors. A bill announced by President Donald Trump will put the government and its agencies back in service for three weeks and ensure federal employees receive back pay for the time they worked for free during the shutdown. Philadelphia is known for its importance to the American Revolution, leaving local tourism in a delicate spot during the government shutdown. Philadelphia is home to several government-funded tourist attractions that have federal employees and were temporarily closed, like the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.