Statue of Liberty to reopen despite shutdown

NEW YORK — The National Park Service today
announced that it has entered into an agreement with the State of New York that
will allow Statue of Liberty National Monument to re-open and temporarily
operate during the government shutdown.

Due to the lack of appropriations
from Congress, the Department of the Interior was forced to close all national
parks across the country last week and furlough more than 20,000 National Park
Service employees who ensure the safety of visitors and the security of the
resources.

Responding to the economic impacts
that the park closures are having on many communities and local businesses,
Secretary of the Interior Jewell announced yesterday that she will consider
agreements with Governors who indicate an interest and ability to fully fund
National Park Service personnel to re-open national parks in their states.

“This is a practical and temporary
solution that will lessen the pain for some businesses and communities in New
York during this shutdown,” said Secretary Sally Jewell. “We want to re-open
all of our national parks as quickly possible for everyone to enjoy and call on
Congress to pass a clean continuing resolution to open the government.”

Under the terms of the agreement,
New York will donate funds to the National Park Service for the sole purpose of
enabling National Park Service employees to re-open and manage Statue of
Liberty National Monument.

The agreement funds the park for a
period of six days, running from October 12 through October 17 at the donated
amount of $369,300.

 

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