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The Statue Of Liberty Will Reopen Despite The Government Shutdown

The Statue Of Liberty Will Reopen Despite The Government Shutdown

Arizona has similarly said it will ensure the Grand Canyon remains open - whether the federal government reopens or not.

The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island turned away visitors in NY, due to what the National Park Service described as "a lapse in appropriations", a bureaucratic term for a lack of money.

On Sunday, during their first trip to New York, Mathew Neve, 40, and his wife, Angelique, 34, of France, went to the Bronx and the Top of the Rock.

Visitors who had hoped to tour Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty were turned away Saturday and Sunday, because of the government shutdown. They were told Friday that tickets to see the statue were available, only to arrive in lower Manhattan the next morning and learn none was being sold. Cuomo says New York State will keep paying to operate the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island as long as Congress is at an impasse.

"We're going to be talking to the federal government as soon as somebody answers the phone", he said.

In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy, inaugurated less than a week ago, held a conference call with members of the state's congressional delegation, including some House Republicans, to begin discussions about possible reactions to a protracted shutdown.

Cox said he has told his members to report to work Monday and await instructions from the agency they work for about whether they will be sent home or continue to work.

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The governor, a Democrat, said the closure of the statue amid a government shutdown sparked by an immigration fight also has symbolic importance.

The governor assured that keeping the site open will not be an extravagant cost for the state because it is a popular tourist destination.

Mr. Cuomo said the previous shutdown taught him not to assume that the budget stalemate would be short-lived.

"We'll turn on a dime to learn how this affects us if it looks like it's going on for a while", said H.D. Palmer, a spokesman in the state's Department of Finance.

The National Park Service announced that both NY sites would be closed Saturday "due to a lapse in appropriations". The Senate is expected to vote on a temporary spending bill at 1 a.m. Monday.

The Statue of Liberty will reopen today after NY state agreed to pay to reopen it, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday. "It's all about bringing people here. The concept of closing the doors to immigrants is repugnant to the concept of America", said Governor Cuomo.

Scattered clouds blanket the sky as the Statue of Liberty stands tall on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, in an August 2015 file image. The deal did not exclude Ellis Island; Ellis Island was closed at the time because of damage from Hurricane Sandy.


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