Statue of Liberty to reopen; shutdown keeps other parks, monuments closed

Statue of Liberty to reopen; shutdown keeps other parks, monuments closedBy Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Statue of Liberty will reopen on Monday even if the U.S. government shutdown extends into the work week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday, vowing to use state funds to keep the landmark monument in operation. Dozens of other national parks and monuments were expected to remain partially or entirely closed after Congress failed to agree on a spending plan to keep the government running past a Friday midnight deadline. "Not all parks are fully open but we are all working hard to make as many areas as accessible to the public as possible," U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said on Twitter on Saturday.



White House says working toward deal to reopen U.S. government

White House says working toward deal to reopen U.S. governmentWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump spoke by phone on Sunday with leaders in Congress and several members of his Cabinet about the impact of the federal government shutdown, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. "We are continuing to work hard towards reopening the government and making sure our great military and their families, vulnerable children and the American people are being taken care of," she added. (Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Editing by Paul Simao)



Collins: Moderates taking U.S. budget fix ideas to Senate leaders

Collins: Moderates taking U.S. budget fix ideas to Senate leadersWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator Susan Collins said on Sunday that a group of more than 20 moderates will present ideas for resolving the shutdown of the federal government to the Senate's leadership.



Republican Senator Collins says as many as 20 colleagues want to end impasse

Republican Senator Collins says as many as 20 colleagues want to end impasseWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Moderate U.S. Republican Senator Susan Collins said a substantial number of her colleagues are eager to find a way out of the government shutdown, but details of a deal are "in flux."



U.S. Senate's McConnell, Schumer to talk about shutdown: Cornyn

U.S. Senate's McConnell, Schumer to talk about shutdown: CornynWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the chamber's Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer, plan to talk on Sunday about the government shutdown that began a day ago, Senate Republican whip John Cornyn said. Cornyn provided no details about whether the two would speak by phone or in person. "I know they're planning on having a conversation, which would be good," Cornyn told reporters in a Capitol hallway. "That strikes me as constructive. ...





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