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Statue of Liberty visitors want shutdown avoided

NEW YORK (AP) -- 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.

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.
   AP-WF-09-30-13 2005GMT
 
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