Senator's Office doesn't have answers on memorial blocks

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Updated: 10/05/2013 12:31 pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. & RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - One place that is becoming a heated focal point because of the shutdown - the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

On Friday, social media pictures showed zip-tied barricades in front of the memorial.

One question that remains unanswered is: Are there efforts being made to make the memorial more inaccessible? Accessibility was not an issue in the last government shutdown. The metal barriers proved no challenge to visiting veterans from Honor Flight's across the country who simply moved the barriers and gained entry into the World War II Memorial.

It has been reported that the barriers were put up after the White House Office of Management and Budget ordered the government, including the nation's parks to be shutdown. Senator Dean Heller's Director of Communications, Chandler Smith told News 4, “We have the same questions as you do. If we get any answers, we'll share them with you."

Smith was the only employee from any of our elected representatives in Washington, D.C. to respond to our questions on Friday. News 4 tried to contact the Office of Management and Budget, the White House Press Office and the Interior Department but we were not successful due to the shutdown.
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jstone - 10/5/2013 8:30 PM
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"Accessibility was not an issue in the last government shutdown." Thanks to the internet, we no longer have to accept bald-face lies. Take a look at this CNN page to see photos of how national monuments were blocked off in 1995 (also, there was no WWII monument back then). http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/01/politics/different-government-shutdowns/
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