Monday, October 21, 2013 5:18 pm
Smithsonian faces $65M cut in Congress' budget
BRETT ZONGKERAssociated Press
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 adopt more drastic measures. He says furloughs and temporary museum closings are up for discussion.
The Smithsonian Board of Regents met Monday to consider budget plans.
The Smithsonian also lost $4 million in revenue due to the 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.