McCaskill and Blunt working to reopen the Arch

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on October 11, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 14 at 9:50 PM

(KMOV.com) -- Tourists are visiting St. Louis as the Cardinals compete in the National League Championship Series this weekend and one of the most popular tourist attraction, the Gateway Arch, remains closed due to the government shutdown.

Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt are working together on a plan to reopen the Arch. Other states have been able to work out agreements, like Utah, to open national parks and monuments.

LA Dodger fans in town for the NLCS were looking forward to bringing their children to the Arch.

“We can walk around the ground,” said Dodger fan Ellen Raoul, “I understand and I intend to, but I think it’s a pity [the Arch is closed].”

St. Louis City Hall said keeping the Arch open is not a top priority. They said it is more important for the city to keep the feeding programs for kids and health department funding up.

“The answer though is not to scrape together local dollars to keep the Arch open,” said Eddie Roth, Operations Director for St. Louis City, “It’s for the United States Congress to do its work and open up our national parks, it’s a national responsibility.”

Late Friday, McCaskill tweeted that she was working on a plan to open the Arch.

“Those of us from St. Louis know how important it is, because it keeps visitors in downtown restaurants, hotels,” said McCaskill, “It makes a difference for all of the businesses.”

Governor Nixon also said his office is working with McCaskill and Blunt on the plan to reopen the Arch.

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