Statue of Liberty to reopen on state funds amid USA gov't shutdown

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Clouds blanket the sky behind the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, in August 2015.

The 30-second ad was released Saturday on the anniversary of Trump's inauguration and amid a government shutdown.

- The Statue of Liberty will reopen on Monday even if the USA government shutdown extends into the work week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday, vowing to use state funds to keep the landmark monument in operation.

"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.

The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France to the United States in 1886 to honor the centenary of USA independence 10 years earlier.

Most landmarks, such as Independence Hall, which houses the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, will be closed.

While active-duty troops will stay at their posts during a shutdown, people stationed overseas were touched by the political fallout nearly immediately.

But in Philadelphia, visitors were turned away at the Liberty Bell, while tourists in NY on Saturday expressed disappointment that they were unable to take the ferry to the island that houses the Statue of Liberty.

Senate moderates in both major political parties expressed hopes of finding a way out of the government shutdown mess on Sunday while their leaders played the blame game.

The immigrants - known commonly as Dreamers - are facing deportation after Trump rescinded an executive order issued by President Obama granting them the ability to remain legally. During the shutdown, at least half of the daily $55,000 or so in revenue would be lost.

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"Not all parks are fully open, but we are all working hard to make as many areas as accessible to the public as possible", Zinke said.

During the last government shutdown, a 16-day standoff in 2013, the memorial was closed.

"People coming from overseas, and even those coming from other parts of the country, don't realize the statue closes when the government shuts down".

"I just don't understand it really", she said of the shutdown.

A national monument in northern New Mexico is mostly closed to visitors because of the shutdown.

Yellowstone National Park, a 3,500-square-mile wilderness located mostly in Montana, remained open but offered limited services, with visitor centers closed and park rangers absent.

But the shutdown wasn't knocking Old Ironsides out of commission.

The governor said the state will pay for the duration of the shutdown, and the sites will be open every day.

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