TPM – Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX), one of a number of Republicans who have tried to use the closed World War II Memorial to bash the Obama administration and Democrats on the shutdown, confronted [a National Park Service Ranger] while surrounded by a crowd of onlookers.
Neugebauer asked the Ranger how she could turn World War II veterans away.
“How do you look at them and…deny them access?” the congressman asked.
“It’s difficult,” she responded.
“Well, it should be difficult,” Neugebauer snapped.
“It is difficult,” the Ranger said. “I’m sorry sir.”
“The Park Service should be ashamed of themselves,” Neugebauer said.
“I’m not ashamed,” the Ranger said.
Members of the crowd then chimed in. One person shouted “This woman is doing her job, just like me.”
“I’m a 30-year federal veteran — I’m out of work,” the man continued.
“Well, the reason you are is because [Senate Majority Leader Harry] Reid decided to shutdown the government,” Neugebauer said.
“No, it’s because the government won’t do its job and pass a budget,” the man responded.
Neugebauer then tells his entourage, “Come on, let’s take this somewhere else please,” and scurries away.
Keep in mind that, as a congressman, Neugebauer’s federal paychecks continue to be deposited every two weeks during this shutdown, while the NPS ranger is currently required to work without pay.