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PHOENIX -

Talks continue in congress to fully reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling.

The deadline for a deal is Thursday.

In Arizona, thousands of people have been furloughed.

The state's biggest tourist attraction and the symbol of our state is supposed to be closed.

The mayor of Tusayan, the town just outside the Grand Canyon, is flying to Washington D.C. to testify to keep the Grand Canyon open.

Tuesday is the fourth day of the reopening of the Grand Canyon.

The Grand Canyon reopened Saturday to big crowds after Governor Jan Brewer negotiated a deal to open the national park for a week.

FOX 10 talked to Tusayan mayer Greg Bryan before he left Tuesday morning.

"There was a good sized line, thousands. At least 15 to 20 minute wait to get through the four gates that were opened," said Bryan. "Consistent traffic through Tusayan that is building and really nice to see after the ghost time type effect we had the prior 11 days."

Arizona will have to send more cash to the federal government by late Wednesday in order to keep the park open this coming weekend.
 
It costs the state $93,000 a day to keep the park open.

"It has impacted Arizona. While some communities felt a little bump because they couldn't get into the Grand Canyon, they're on their way. We all knew it was only a matter of time before the ripple effect of people not taking the trip at all would be felt across the state," said Bryan.

Mayor Bryan is heading to Washington D.C. to testify about the importance of keeping the Grand Canyon open.

"As a guest of the governor, to speak before the joint committees of natural resources and the oversight government reform committee. They're holding a hearing to discuss the government shutdown and the impact and implications in the Natural Park Service," said Bryan.

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