By JAVIER MANJARRESThe Republican National Committee has boldly called out their counterparts over at the DNC, namely Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, to join them in keeping the World War II Memorial open during the current government shutdown. The RNC is offering to pay for 30 days of security to keep the memorial open.
RNC Chairman Reince Preibus said that closing down the memorial was “not right” or “fair” to those who fought in the war, and that the DNC should pony up some of the fundraising they have been receiving off the government shutdown.
The RNC said that, “when the House Republicans proposed legislation to keep open the nation’s parks and monuments, President Obama promised to veto it.”
Here is Chairman Priebus’ statement from the memorial:
“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.“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. Ideally, I’d hope to hire furloughed employees for this job.
“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.
“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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