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Historic Philadelphia Sites Close Due to Trump's Federal Hiring Freeze

Seven historical attractions in Philadelphia have been closed as a result of President Donald Trump's hiring freeze on federal jobs. 

The sites affected include two notable landmarks, both in the Old City, relating to U.S. Founders: the house where Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence and the home and print shop of Benjamin Franklin.

Presumably caused by understaffing, the closures were announced by officials with the union that represents employees of Philadelphia's Independence National Historical Park. The National Park Service has been approved to hire seasonal workers, but it's unclear what those positions will be or whether any of them will be in Philadelphia.

Adding further uncertainty: Trump's looming budget plan is expected to call for significant cuts to the National Park Service, among many other federal agencies.