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Statue of Liberty to reopen on state funds amid U.S. gov't shutdown

Statue of Liberty to reopen on state funds amid U.S. gov't shutdown

"I also think, in many ways, the Statue of Liberty is symbolic for what's going on right now in Washington", Cuomo said during a news conference at Battery Park. Late Friday, the U.S. Senate failed to approve legislation to keep the government from shutting down after the midnight deadline.

In New York, the National Park Service said the closure of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island was effective immediately and until further notice.

Governor Cuomo reached a deal with the Interior Department to have the state pay $65,000 a day to keep them open.

But it didn't help tourists who had planned their visits for Sunday. "We came all the way from Miami for this".

In Arizona, Republican Gov. Doug Ducey committed state funds to keep the Grand Canyon open, including trash removal, snow plowing and public restrooms, according to Ducey spokesman Patrick Ptak. "When they try to deport immigrants, when they close down the Statue of Liberty, they are attacking who we are". "But now, we're not allowed to go out there and see it".

"States can really do nothing to change the fact that federal employees aren't receiving paychecks, and that will certainly be the biggest impact on the economy", said Constantine Yannelis, a finance professor at New York University. Free for the weekend, he remained land-bound, with some bitter comments about the government.

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"Huh", she asked when told about the shutdown, "I had no idea that it'd be closed". "The issue is about immigration and the sense that some people have that this country should close the doors and stop immigration", he said. Nearly half the 2 million civilian federal workers will be barred from doing their jobs if the shutdown extends into Monday.

On Saturday at the Manhattan ferry dock, Abreu said, "there was confusion and surprise - that the government had shut down, especially among the global visitors". 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.

The American Forces Network, which broadcasts American radio and television programming outside the US and uses civilian government employees, initially said its services would not be available, sparking angry reactions from viewers eager to see the National Football League playoffs Sunday.

Symbols of American promise became emblems of American dysfunction on Saturday when a dispute in Congress over spending and immigration forced scores of federal government agencies and outposts to close their doors.

The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, closed since the government shut down Friday, will reopen for visitors Monday, with NY state picking up the tab for the federal workers who operate them, the state's Democratic governor, Andrew Cuomo, said Sunday.

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