House Republicans Plan Hearing on Park Service Shutdown Actions

A park ranger of the U.S. National Park Service stands behind the barricades at the World War II Memorial during a government shutdown October 1, 2013 in Washington, DC.
National Journal
Alex Brown
Oct. 9, 2013, 12:30 p.m.

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.

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