Congressman Randy Neugebauer (Rep.-Texas) confronted a park ranger at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., Wednesday for keeping visitors out of the memorial.
The site has been a place of protest as veterans demandeded access to the memorial following the government shutdown Tuesday. Rangers let veterans in to the site, though it was technically closed. When the rangers refused to let in other visitors, Neugebauer voiced his criticism.
He was among the Republicans who voted to delay Obamacare legislation, setting up the showdown that lead to the government shutdown.
Neugebauer said to a ranger: “The Park Service should be ashamed of themselves.”
The ranger said “It’s difficult, I’m sorry sir.”
People in the surrounding area got involved. One person said: “Ask those questions of the people who aren’t passing the budget. That’s who you need to ask these questions to.”
“This woman is doing her job, just like me,” said a man. “I’m a 30-year federal veteran–I’m out of work.”
“Well, the reason you are is because Mr. Reid decided to shut down the government,” Neugebauer said.
The man responded: “No, it’s because the government won’t do its job and pass a budget.”