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Arizona Senate And Congressional Delegation Ask For Refund Of State Money Used To During Government Shutdown

Arizona's senate and congressional delegation are calling for a full refund of money the state sent to reopen the Grand Canyon during the partial government shutdown last month. The state paid the National Park Service $651,000 to keep the popular tourist destination open for a week. Federal lawmakers reached an agreement on the budget before those seven days were up. A spokesman for Governor Jan Brewer says Arizona received a refund of $186,000 on October 25th. That money was divided between the state tourism office and the town of Tusayan. The Arizona delegation sent a letter Wednesday to National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis seeking reimbursement for the remaining $465,000.
 
Brewer had committed enough money to keep the Grand Canyon open for another nine days, but it was not needed.

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