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McCain, Flake want reimbursement for park closures during gov shutdown

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Skywalk at Grand Canyon National Park. (Source: CBS 5 News) Skywalk at Grand Canyon National Park. (Source: CBS 5 News)
WASHINGTON (CBS5) -

U.S. senators from Arizona, Colorado and Tennessee are asking the National Park Service to repay states for the money used to temporarily keep national parks open during the government shutdown.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-AZ, Sen. John McCain, R-AZ, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-TN, and Sen. Mark Udall, D-CO, on Tuesday introduced the National Park Access Act which would have the National Park Service reimburse states that provided funds to temporarily reopen national parks during the 2013 government shutdown. [Click here to read the bill]

During the government shutdown in October 2013, six states, including Arizona, paid about $2 million to the National Park Service to temporarily reopen iconic national parks including the Grand Canyon, Mt. Rushmore and the Statue of Liberty.

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