Taxpayer Calculator: How much would funding the national parks cost you?

Shannon Bream determines the cost per taxpayer


As the budget stalemate drags on, the House is moving forward with individual funding measures. 

One bill -- H.J.Res. 70 -- provides for funding of the National Park Service and Smithsonian Institution, at a cost of roughly $3.04 billion. 

Twenty-three Democrats joined all but one Republican to vote in favor of the measure Wednesday afternoon. The bill would provide funding for a number of key attractions like the WWII Memorial and U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum through Dec. 15. 

So -- what's the cost to you, the taxpayer? 

Here's a sampling. If you make less than $30,000, your portion of the tab would come to $1.42 per year. For those making between $50,000 and $100,000, the price tag runs to $13.34. If you're a taxpayer making $250,000 or more, your yearly cost would run to $372.14. 

Click here to see how much funding the national parks would cost you

Even if you approve of your tax dollars being spent in that way, the point may be moot. A number of key Democrats, including House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., are urging their Senate colleagues to refuse to take part in the "gimmick."   

Hoyer said "Republicans are ignoring critical agencies and functions across our nation" in order to "fund only those pieces of government that the media or their constituents notice immediately." 

On Thursday morning, Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, made a plea for a vote on the House funding bill. 

"I would note it got 252 votes in the House of Representatives yesterday, including 23 Democrats, and I would hope it would enjoy the same sort of bipartisan support here in the United States Senate," he said. 

But that could be a heavy lift. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., calls the House measure "just another wacky idea," and President Obama has vowed to veto the measure if it arrives on his desk.