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Budget Cuts At Smithsonian Could Lead To Furloughs And Museum Closings

The Smithsonian Institution is facing a $65 million budget cut this year under automatic funding reductions approved by Congress, which could lead to furloughs or museum closings if the cuts persist for the year ahead.

Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough says the museum complex has trimmed its budget for the past year to absorb federal funding cuts, but now may have to turn to more drastic measures. He says furloughs and temporary museum closings are up for discussion.

The Smithsonian Board of Regents recently met to consider budget plans.

In addition to the upcoming federal funding cuts, the Smithsonian lost $4 million in revenue due to the partial government shutdown.

The museums and National Zoo lost sales at retail stores, concessions, theaters and events.

Congress has approved a continuing resolution for funding into January.

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