GOP Leaders Trying to Divert Attention with Shutdown Parks Ploy

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration today suggested it may try to keep some parts of the national park system open in the event of a government shutdown.

The following is a statement from Scott Slesinger, legislative director at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

“Sec. Zinke and Republican leaders on Capitol Hill don’t get to pick winners and losers. If they force a government shutdown, everyone loses. Not only is keeping the parks partially open illegal under the Antideficiency Act and potentially dangerous for parks and their visitors—it’s nothing more than a bald-faced attempt to divert Americans’ attention away from the GOP’s extreme agenda. Given Republican control of Congress and the White House, they have a responsibility to keep the government running.”

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