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Sen. Alexander files bill to reimburse TN for government shutdown

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Fall color from Newfound Gap Road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. GSMNP photo Fall color from Newfound Gap Road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. GSMNP photo
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), along with Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), filed a bill that would reimburse Tennessee and five other states that kept their national parks open during the government shutdown in Oct. 2013.

The National Park Access Act purposes that the federal government reimburse six states about $2 million, the amount of money used to keep the national parks open during the 16-day-shutdown. Blount and Sevier counties alone spent nearly $60,000 to reopen the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Other states that would see reimbursements are Arizona, Colorado, New York, South Dakota, and Utah.

During the shutdown, Alexander introduced similar legislation, but it didn't pass.
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