LBJ presidential library reopens after government shutdown ends

Updated Jan 23, 2018
The LBJ Library and Museum remains shuttered Monday afternoon January 22, 2018 after a government shutdown took effect late last week. For St. Clair, Michigan visitors Diane and Steve Sliwinski they were turned away from the popular tourist destination after realizing the situation. “We didn’t come all this way just for the museum. We’re visiting relatives and we’ll be back tomorrow.” said Diane. Now it looks like the United States government shutdown will end soon thanks to the Senate advancing a bill reopening federal agencies through Feb. 8 after Democrats relented and lifted their blockade against the legislation. RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

After a three-day federal government shutdown ended late Monday, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library in Austin will reopen at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The reading room, museum and museum store will resume operations. The library, which is administered by the National Archives, was among several entities and agencies that receive federal funding that were shuttered as a result of the government shutdown.

About 13,000 federal employees live in the Austin-Round Rock metro area and many of them were furloughed during the shutdown, including 40 percent of Fort Hood’s civilian employees — about 2,400 people.

Many employees were allowed to return to work Tuesday.

President Donald Trump signed a bill Monday night that reinstated funding of the government until Feb. 8 after Congress reached a temporary deal on immigration. Congress also extended funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program for another six years.