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Holmes Norton Defends Head Of National Park Service

A sign reading "Because of the Federal Government SHUTDOWN All National Parks are Closed" is posted on a barricade in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 1.
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A sign reading "Because of the Federal Government SHUTDOWN All National Parks are Closed" is posted on a barricade in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 1.

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton came to the defense of the head of the National Park Service today.

Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis was blasted by Republicans today, with one even calling him a "liability." He's under fire for ordering barriers be placed at open air monuments across D.C. during the government shutdown.

But Holmes Norton and other Democrats blame Republicans for the shutdown and say Jarvis merely did his job. The delegate added that the park service had good reason to erect barriers across the National Mall.

"Some of us are still recalling when green paint was splattered on the Lincoln Memorial even though there was no shutdown, because of the difficulty of guarding the memorials," she said.

Jarvis told lawmakers he was forced to cut down his usual team of 300 to just 12.

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