Washington • The House Natural Resources Committee wants the National Park Service to preserve documents related to how it decided to close off open-air monuments like the Lincoln Memorial during the government shutdown, hinting that the White House wanted the closure to appear more "painful."
Amid congressional gridlock and without a budget, the Park Service on Tuesday erected three-foot-high fencing around Washington's most iconic symbols, including the Washington Monument, the World War II Memorial and the Vietnam Wall. Such moves didn't happen the last time the government closed, according to an Associated Press report from 1996.
"It is imperative that the Park Service remove the barriers and allow the American public to resume visiting these open-air memorials, monuments and parks without further delay," Committee Chairman Doc Hastings and Utah Rep. Rob Bishop, chairman of the parks subcommittee, wrote in a letter to the Interior Department.