Federal Government Shutdown Would Mean Closure Of Statue Of Liberty

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork / AP) – In Battery Park on Wednesday, there was a one and a half hour line to get on the boat for Statue of Liberty.

But, if the federal government shuts down, there would be no line, because Lady Liberty would be closed, since it is run by the National Parks Service.

WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb: Mixed Opinion On Statue Of Liberty Shutdown

Reaction from tourists was mixed.

Emmy, a teenager from Charlottesville, VA says, “The Statue of Liberty is cool and everybody comes out to see it. Yes, it would be a shame if it shut down.”

Bill Brewster from Pennsylvania says so be it: “If it has to be, it has to be. That’s the way it is. Something’s gotta give.”

But a financier from London disagrees: “The New York tourist industry would lose a lot of money. So, it’s probably not the best idea. I think people come to see the Statue of Liberty.”

Scott Clemens of Newport News, Virgina said, “Sometimes, you have to do some things that aren’t very nice to make things work and right now the government’s spending way too much money.”

His son Joshua said, “I would be sad, but it’s not something to cry about… I mean, it’s going to be there for the next however long and it’s not gonna just disappear one day. So, you can come back.”

Meanwhile, though it’s only a proposal, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-New York) says the House Republican budget plan would cost New York City more than $94 billion over ten years in healthcare dollars, education funding, law enforcement, and mass transit money.

WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb: Weiner Says This Just Moves The Burden, But Doesn’t Reduce It

“We would lose over $2 billion of money that would be coming to help our mass transit. The effect of that would be a lot of the improvements we seek to make, whether it be the 2nd Avenue Subway or extension to the West Side of Manhattan, would have to be forestalled,” says Weiner.

Rep. Anthony Weiner is seen at City Hall - New York, NY - Dec 20, 2010 - Photo: Chris Hondros/Getty Images

Rep. Anthony Weiner is seen at City Hall - New York, NY - Dec 20, 2010 - Photo: Chris Hondros/Getty Images

He says the proposal would mean more than one million New York City seniors would lose guaranteed Medicare benefits.

“This is kind of like an ostrich in the sand kind of budget. You know, you can say that you’ll slash federal spending on something, but it doesn’t mean that someone doesn’t have to pick up the slack, and for New York City taxpayers, unfortunately, it’s going to be them holding the bag,” says Weiner. “The effect of this would be that either New York City taxpayers would have to raise taxes or cut services in order to make up for the difference. So, all that this budget does is not to reduce the burden on taxpayers, just to move it from the federal government to local taxpayers.”

Weiner say localities like New York are going to have to pick up the tab. He also says it’s time to tax the millionaires and billionaires.

There is, however, word of progress in the budget talks.

The Senate’s second-ranking Democrat, Dick Durbin, says he feels better than he did yesterday about the chances for agreement — and that there are issues on the table that weren’t discussed before. But he says conservative GOP demands are still standing in the way.

Without a deal by the weekend, the government will have to shut down.

President Barack Obama checked in with House Speaker John Boehner by phone, before leaving the White House for events today in Philadelphia and New York.

Obama had warned congressional leaders yesterday that he’d have them back at the White House today if they didn’t make progress.

Boehner’s office says the speaker told Obama he’s hopeful that a deal can be reached.

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  • Sanford Hall

    Thanks for the resolution, start spending less. http://www.alexastock.webs.com

  • Balance the Budget

    Don’t spend what we don’t have. Don’t raise taxes and cut the waste and there is alot of waste. Act like any reponsible family acts and live within a budget. I can’t spend what I don’t have and need to make sacrifices so my family has a roof over our head and food on our table. We all need to get our priorities straight.

  • p8nt

    We need funding for this, we need funding for that.. yet no one seems to want to sacrifice a little to keep things going. Does anyone else see the problem with that? You can’t keep adding more to the budget or keep the same budget by making up the difference in funding by taxing other people, and hiking prices for goods/service. That doesn’t address the issue that federal and local governments, especially in big cities have constituents that do not want to sacrifices their income.
    If the government does shut down, it will probably be best thing that could happen.

  • jerseyjoey

    Smoke and mirrors folks, pass the hurt onto the american people, what a bunch of BFS, the great lie that we need to cut here cut this save that. How about the 200 million we give to Isreal every year huh or the 700 billion in forein aid doled out every year to the world, well cut that expense out FIRST and not cut Health care here at home or SS benefits. Also boot out all illegals who drain the system dry, NONO cant do the logical thing can they in DC.

  • ted

    So what? Do we have to have a budget to keep New York happy or for the whole country! And if he is so worried about that – why didn’t he press for a budget when the democrats were in control and didn’t even bother to put one up because they were so busy spending money and growing the governments control over our lives?

    • Michael H.

      “why didn’t he press for a budget when…”

      Do you even know what you’re talking about? Do you not realize that a budget has to be passed every year? You should realize that if NY loses all of this Federal funding, we will have to make it up with increased local taxes or increased local spending cuts.

      New York State residents send billions of dollars in taxes to the Federal govt. For each dollar we send, we only get 82 CENTS back. We should fight for every penny.

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