Statue Of Liberty, Ellis Island Reopen Amid Shutdown

Statue Of Liberty, Ellis Island Reopen Amid Shutdown

NY state will pay to reopen the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, both of which have been closed due to the government shutdown, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday.

It was an embarrassment the White House of President Donald Trump has vowed to avoid. The bill required 60 votes to pass - a procedure Trump suggested lawmakers alter with the nuclear option in a Sunday tweet.

The government shutdown, entering its third day despite frantic negotiations late Sunday on Capitol Hill, has sent home federal workers needed to maintain beloved USA icons - cleaners at the Statue of Liberty, rangers patrolling Mount Rushmore, plow drivers who clear snowy roads leading to the Grand Canyon. Funds ran out at midnight Friday, leaving 48 hours before the most dramatic effect — the furloughing of almost 1 million federal employees — takes place. It will continue to provide essential services like housing the homeless and providing emergency services to people with AIDS. US residents are still able to send mail, receive Social Security benefits, travel by plane and train and visit some national parks and landmarks.

"We will keep it open literally", Cuomo said.

The statue on Liberty Island, as well as the related museum on nearby Ellis Island, where arriving immigrants were once processed, annually welcome about 4.5 million visitors. The longer the shutdown lasts, the worse the effects will be.

Cuomo said his office plans to talk to the federal government about the Statue of Liberty "as soon as someone answers the phone". At the Internal Revenue Service, more than half of the 80,565 employees will be barred from working just as tax filing season is beginning and the agency is dealing with the sweeping changes made by the new GOP tax law. Other agencies like the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services also furloughed employees, resulting in a halt in services.

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The sites had been turning away visitors due to what the National Park Service described as "a lapse in appropriations", a bureaucratic term for a lack of money. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill said they were pursuing a deal to reopen the government before the start of the workweek Monday.

When the government shut down briefly in the fall of 2013, gun sales also continued.

Additionally, airports will still be open and trains, including Amtrak, will still be running.

"We're so excited", said a tourist from SC.

Xanterra Parks & Resorts, a private company that manages lodges, concessions and restaurants in numerous national parks including Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, Rocky Mountain and Zion, said they will remain open during the shutdown.

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