Hatch, Lee support effort to repay Utah for reopening national parks during shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Utah’s Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee are both supporting an effort to fully refund Utah and other states that reopened national parks during the recent government shutdown.

Several states entered into individual agreements with the U.S. National Park Service allowing the state to pay for reopening parks closed during the shutdown. Hatch and Lee have cosponsored an amendment introduced by Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., to the National Defense Authorization Act that would fully repay states that came to this agreement with the NPS.

“Refunding states for doing the work of the federal government just makes sense,” Hatch said. “I applauded state leaders last month for taking the strong step to front the operating costs for the national parks while the government was shut down, and the state and Utah taxpayers deserve to be reimbursed.”

“It is crucial that the National Park Service and the state of Utah continue to be good partners, and refunding the state of Utah for their remarkable efforts certainly is in keeping with that partnership,” Lee said. “We will continue to work with the delegations of Arizona and Utah to create a positive resolution to this issue.”

A copy of the Flake Amendment can be viewed here.

Submitted by the Offices of Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee

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4 Comments

  • william friend III November 20, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    is the mountain meadow massacre site apart of the u.s. national park service…i noticed that NDAA (national defense authorization act) nicked named “indefinite detention” is somehow with a NPS agreement is going to pay money…mormons are terrorists under NDAA for using illuminati dope calling it holy ghost…i guess we can all rest assured knowing garbage like lee and hatch have their priorities straight…

  • philiplo November 21, 2013 at 9:12 am

    “Refunding states for doing the work of the federal government just makes sense,” Hatch said. “I applauded state leaders last month for taking the strong step to front the operating costs for the national parks while the government was shut down, and the state and Utah taxpayers deserve to be reimbursed.”
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    No. You a-holes chose to defund EVERYTHING for that period of time, and these parks are part of “everything.” You can’t go back and retroactively say, “just kidding” to make it all better; that’s a poor salve for a wound you, yourselves, inflicted on the state and the country.

    • Dana November 21, 2013 at 5:10 pm

      Really? You can’t go back and say “just kidding” to make it all better; that’s a poor salve for a wound you, yourselves, inflicted on the state and the country.”
      Isn’t that exactly what Barry is doing? Isn’t his motto “You can keep your plan if you like your plan.”
      Isn’t he now saying “just kidding?”

  • Combat Vet and Democrat November 21, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Why shouldn’t Utah foot the bill? Utah’s lawmakers caused the problem.

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