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House to Hold Hearing on National Park Closings

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By Dan Weil   |  

The Republican-led House is to hold a hearing Wednesday on the decision to shutter parks and monuments amid GOP charges that the National Park Service is playing politics in its decisions.

The Natural Resources and the Oversight and Government Reform committees will hold a joint hearing, The Hill reports. It's titled: "As Difficult As Possible: The National Park Service’s Implementation of the Government Shutdown."

In announcing the hearing, Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, said, "Their actions suggest a pattern of decision making based on politics rather than prudence," according to The Hill.

Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings said in a statement that the Clinton administration kept parks and monuments open during the 1995-96 government shutdowns, the Daily Caller reports.

"Across the country, Americans are deliberately being denied access to open-air memorials and national parks, places that are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year," Hastings said.

"They are forcing private businesses to close and are selectively choosing which high-profile sites to close off and which to keep open."

Republican senators also have complained about the government closing public lands to hunters and tourists.

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