By Jeff Fox
Whether the state of Missouri might step in reopen the Truman Home in Independence remains unclear.
A spokesman for Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday that talks with the U.S. Department of the Interior continue but that there is no timetable for when such National Park Service sites as the Gateway Arch in St. Louis might be opened with temporary state funding.
Also Tuesday, it appeared Congress was moving closer to resolving two issues that have become intertwined, raising the government’s debt limit and reopening the parts of the federal government that have been closed since Oct. 1.
“I think we’re all in agreement that the best thing would be for the federal government to get moving again,” said Scott Holste, a spokesman for the governor.
Last Friday, the governor’s office said it was looking at doing what several other states have done – use state money to temporarily reopen high-profile National Park Service sites that attract high numbers of tourists and are important to local economies. That’s how the Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore, for example, have been reopened.
The governor’s office specifically mentioned the Arch, Ozark National Scenic Riverways Park “and other federal assets” but not the Truman Home specifically. Holste indicated that it’s unclear if the Truman Home is part of those discussions with the Department of the Interior. The Park Service has a half dozen sites in Missouri.
The Truman Home on Delaware Street has been open to the public for 30 years. It’s part of the Harry S. Truman National Historic Site, which also includes the Truman Farm Home in Grandview.
The Truman Library, also closed since Oct. 1, is run by a different federal agency, the National Archives and Records Administration.