Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore re-open despite shutdown
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
The shuttering of popular landmarks was one of the most publicized effects of the government shutdown, but now some of the most well-known destinations in the U.S. are set to reopen. Thanks to some negotiations between state and federal agencies, the Statue of Liberty, Grand Canyon and Mount Rushmore are set to welcome visitors once again, at least for the time being, CNN reported.
Many national monuments have been closed since the shutdown went into effect Oct. 1, but leaving the Statue of Liberty closed any longer was not acceptable to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who said the state's tourism budget will provide the $61,000 necessary to operate the park. The situation was the same in Arizona and South Dakota, where state lawmakers found a way around federal closures. The changes are good news to people looking to get out of their serviced apartments and explore the country.
"Visitors from around the world come to the Black Hills to see Mount Rushmore, and I'm pleased that our nation's Shrine to Democracy will be reopened," Gov. Dennis Daugaard said in a statement. "I appreciate the willingness of the National Park Service to partner with us to operate the monument."
It's unclear when the shutdown will come to an end, experts say. But on Monday, Senate leaders reportedly had constructive talks, USA Today reported.