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States Won’t Be Re-Paid For Opening National Parks

From an unfazed Politico:

States won’t get paid back for reopening national parks

By DARREN GOODE | October 16, 2013

A deal to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling won’t repay the states for kicking in funds to the National Park Service to open the Statue of Liberty, Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore and other national icons during the 16-day shutdown.

But Frank Lautenberg’s multi-million dollar widow will get a $174,000 stipend.

According to the deals between the Interior Department and the states, Congress would need to specifically authorize the repayment of any money spent that states had donated to fund the sites.

“These funds from states are donations, not loans,” an Interior official said. “It would take an act of Congress to authorize any sort of reimbursement.” …

Bear in mind, that the states have always been re-paid for opening the parks in the past. So this is just one more poke in the eye from the Obama White Spite House.

The National Park Service set up a separate account to collect and spend as necessary the money states donated.

Only a few days ago, after being forced into it by an outraged American public.

These included:

— New York’s donation of $369,300 to reopen the Statue of Liberty from last Saturday through Thursday
— Arizona’s $651,000 to open Grand Canyon National Park to visitors for a week from last Saturday
— South Dakota’s $152,000 to fund Mount Rushmore National Memorial for 10 days starting this past Monday
— Utah’s $1,665,720.80 for eight sites that opened for 10 days starting Oct. 11
— Colorado’s $362,700 to reopen Rocky Mountain National Park for 10 days starting Oct. 11…

“Why now, after more than a week of refusing to allow states to pay to keep national parks open, is the Obama administration suddenly reversing course?” House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) asked in a statement last Thursday.

Internal polls?

His panel and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a joint hearing Wednesday to look at the Obama administration’s decision to close open-air monuments in Washington, which became a rallying cry and symbol Republicans readily used during the shutdown…

Speaking of which, we have this from the Washington Free Beacon:

National Park Service Discussed Plan to Close Monuments with White House

October 16, 2013

While the federal government remains closed, a House panel held a hearing Wednesday on the Obama administration’s move to close national parks across the country and to ban tourists from visiting open-air monuments in Washington, efforts that GOP members alleged were meant purely to make the shutdown sting more.

And, once again, lest we forget, these monuments have never been closed in any of the previous 17 government shutdowns.

During the hearing Rep. John Mica (R., Fla.) questioned Jonathan Jarvis, the National Park Service Director on his communications with the White House and the reasoning behind shutting down the monuments… Below is the full exchange:

REP. MICA: I mean, I think nothing has resonated more with the public than to see an open-air monument such as the World War II Memorial and, close by, the Martin Luther King Memorial. It just seems that common sense did not prevail. Did you — now you said you take full responsibility for that action. Is that correct?
DIR. JARVIS: That’s correct.
REP. MICA: And did you discuss this with the secretary of interior, Jewell, at any time?
DIR. JARVIS: Yes, I did.
REP. MICA: And did she — did — then you didn’t discuss it with anyone in the White House, did you?
DIR. JARVIS: In — several times on the phone with the White House I presented, with the secretary, my decision, but it was never the reverse, so there was never any (official coming to our ?) —
REP. MICA: So you discussed with officials in the White House your action –
DIR. JARVIS: That’s correct.

If this had happened during the Bush Presidency the scandal would be ‘bigger than Watergate.’

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, October 17th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “States Won’t Be Re-Paid For Opening National Parks”

  1. Noyzmakr says:

    Jarvis also claimed he didn’t know who at the Spite House he spoke to. These people really do think we’re stupid, but the worst part is they get away with it.

  2. Astravogel says:

    Has anyone else wondered how all those professionally
    printed “Closed..” signs appeared so quickly? Perhaps
    they plan ahead. Also wonder what the cost was, who
    ordered them, and how it was paid for. And Jarvis doesn’t
    know WHO he talked with? What if it was a wrong number?
    He could have talked with some idiot, but I repeat myself.
    (Mark Twain)

  3. GetBackJack says:

    The War of Northern Aggression almost succeeded in destroying the rights of Sovereign States. Almost. Actions such as these may very well awaken a beast the Interior spokesman dipstick is clueless about.

  4. Enthalpy says:

    It’s different now because we’ve never had such a group of people in our government who have hated the United States.These thugs do hate the United States.

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