A pair of House committees are preparing for a hearing next week that will question the actions of the National Park Service during the government shutdown, The Hill reports.
The Natural Resources Committee and the Oversight and Government Reform Committee will meet next Wednesday to grill the agency on actions some Republicans claim were politically motivated. "They are forcing private businesses to close and are selectively choosing which high-profile sites to close off and which to keep open," said Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings, R-Wash.
Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said NPS decisions were made "based on politics rather than prudence." The committees said they are still in the process of inviting witnesses.