Shutdown 2013: U.S. Government Shutdown Has Closed Lady Liberty for Third Time in Two Years
In this June 26, 2013 photo provided by the National Park Service, workers on Liberty Island install sod around the national monument which is set to re-open on the 4th of July, in New York. National Park Service / AP Photo
First a renovation, then Hurricane Sandy, and now a U.S. government shutdown has made getting on Liberty Island a difficult task for the past two years. This reason is certainly the most disappointing.
Visitors to the Statue of Liberty are upset the popular tourist destination is among the places that will be hit hard by a federal government shutdown.
The statue is run by the National Parks Service, a federal agency. If the political parties in Congress can’t reach a budget agreement, a partial government shutdown will start Tuesday.
PHOTO; It's official, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island closed. pic.twitter.com/vhO8uPLhuQ
— Stephen Nessen (@stephen_nessen) October 1, 2013
That means national parks like Liberty Island will be off-limits to the public.
On Monday, several visitors made their dismay clear. Emily Enfinger, visiting from Florida, says she’s “discouraged” and that elected officials aren’t “doing their job.”
Larry Juhl, visiting from Minnesota, says “it’s unfortunate we can’t get this worked out.”
This would be the first government shutdown in 17 years.
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