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U.S. Rep. Neugebauer exchanges words with park ranger

Published On: Oct 03 2013 04:25:13 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 04 2013 12:27:29 PM CDT
Neugebauer confrontation
WASHINGTON, D.C. -

U.S. Rep. Randy Neugebauer exchanged words with a park ranger Wednesday at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The exchange regarded access to the closed memorial.

The park service rangers have been allowing World War II vets who have traveled to DC to enter and view the memorial but are not allowing the general public in.

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Here is the exchange:

"How do you look at them and ... deny them access?" Neugebauer said.

"It's difficult," responded the Park Service employee.

"Well, it should be difficult," replied the congressman

"It is difficult," responded the Park Service employee. "I'm sorry, sir."

"The Park Service should be ashamed of themselves," the congressman said.

"I'm not ashamed," replied the ranger.

 "Ask those questions of the people who aren't passing the budget," shouted a voice from the crowd.

"That's who you need to ask these questions to."

"This woman is doing her job, just like me," shouted another. "I'm a 30-year federal veteran -- I'm out of work."

"Ask those questions of the people who aren't passing the budget," shouted someone in the crowd.

"That's who you need to ask these questions to."

"This woman is doing her job, just like me," shouted another. "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."

"No, it's because the government won't do its job and pass a budget."

"The House did its job; it passed appropriations. The Senate hasn't.”

KTXS talked with Neugebauer Thursday about the incident and he told us he stands behind his statement that the U.S. Park Service should be ashamed of themselves for their actions in closing the World War II monument.  

We asked the congressman how he answers his constituents who say congress should be ashamed for the shut down, not being able to reach an agreement, and fund the government so it could continue on with important issues that face the country?

His answer, " I would say to them that's exactly what I have been doing night and day for a couple of weeks and weekends unfortunately, Republicans seem to be the only one to do that."