Philadelphia's historic sites close amid hiring freeze

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 15, 2017 8:54 AM
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(Philadelphia) -- President Donald Trump's hiring freeze has led to closures of several historic sites in Philadelphia.

Union representatives say several sites at Independence National Historic Park have closed.

David Fitzpatrick, who is head of union that represents park employees, says the halt in hiring shuttered seven sites, including Declaration House and parts of Benjamin Franklin's home and print shop.

He also says bathrooms for the park have been closed because the organization cannot hire new workers.

Lauren Hitt, spokeswoman from the Philadelphia mayor's office, says those staffing changes limit experiences and take educational opportunities from young students.

Fitzpatrick says union members are bracing for further federal budget cuts which may include shrinking federal staff across the country.

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