WASHINGTON, October 2, 2013 — The Republican National Committee (RNC) announced today that it will pay to keep the WWII memorial open for 30 days.
The Washington Times explained Wednesday that Democrats in the White House, House and Senate have twice made decisions in the last 24 hours that are disrespectful to veterans.
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus visited the WWII memorial Wednesday afternoon. “The Obama administration has decided they want to make the government shutdown as painful as possible, even taking the unnecessary step of keeping the Greatest Generation away from a monument built in their honor,” said Chairman Priebus.
He continued, “That’s not right, and it’s not fair. So the RNC has put aside enough money to hire five security personnel to keep this memorial open to veterans and visitors for the next 30 days. Ideally, I’d hope to hire furloughed employees for this job.”
The parks service said Wednesday afternoon that veterans could visit the memorial because of a first amendment right, but that it remained closed to the public.
“Seeing that the DNC has bragged about fundraising off of the government shutdown, I’d invite my counterpart, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, to join with us in keeping this memorial open. These brave Americans have sacrificed so much for our country. House Republicans have acted to keep parks and monuments open; Democrats are standing in the way. We want to do what we can, in the face of the intransigence from the White House, to support our veterans.”
The White House denied the opportunity for veterans to enter without an act of civil disobedience on Tuesday, and the park service threatened that the vets would be arrested if they entered on Wednesday. The House Democrats stopped a measure in the House to fund Veterans’ Affairs, and the Senate Democrats have stated that they will not pass legislation to fund the VA.
“If the White House complains that such action is not permitted, I’d simply remind them that their unilateral action to give exemptions from Obamacare to big business and their political allies wouldn’t seem permissible either. If they can go to such lengths to protect their political interests, surely they can do something to support the interests of those who fought in World War II.”
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