Congressman Confronts Park Service Worker For Blocking Public From Closed Memorial
LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — A Texas Congressman chastised a U.S. Park Service Ranger Wednesday for not allowing people into D.C.’s World War II Memorial, which is officially closed because of the government shutdown.
For the first time in nearly two decades, the federal government staggered into a partial shutdown Monday at midnight after congressional Republicans stubbornly demanded changes in the the Affordable Care Act as the price for funding government operations.
Representative Randy Neugebauer (R – 19), of Texas, told the ranger that “Park Service should be ashamed of themselves” for keeping people away from the memorial.
WNEW Senior Correspondent Mark Segraves, who got a video of the encounter, reports that the Park Service has been allowing veterans who have traveled from around the nation to see the monument this week onto the site, but have been keeping other members of the public away.
“I’m not ashamed,” the ranger said in response to Neugebauer’s comment.
“Well, you should be,” the Congressman retorted.
An onlooker got in on the exchange, as well.
“This woman is doing her job, just like me,” he said. “I’m a 30-year federal veteran. I’m out of work… It’s because the government won’t do its job and pass a budget.”
Neugebauer told the man that he blames the shutdown on “Mr. Reid,” referring to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).
A Thursday report by a newspaper based in Lubbock, Tx., quoted Neugebauer saying that the video was out of context and that his “beef” is with the Park Service and the administration, not the individual ranger.