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Feds acting 'childish, mean and petty' over national parks, says Wyoming Rep. Cynthia Lummis

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Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., is furious after hearing about tourists who are visiting open-air parks being hassled by the federal government.

"I am livid," Lummis said in an interview with the Washington Examiner. "Blocking parking spaces so people can't pull over to view, for example, the Grand Tetons and lookouts — that's just childish, mean and petty."

Lummis also reacted to reports of tourists in Yellowstone National Park who were trapped in the Old Faithful Inn when the park shut down, and were not allowed to view the geysers from the boardwalk.

Those kinds of tactics were "designed to punish the American people," Lummis said, pointing to reports of similar activity underway near Mount Rushmore.

As a member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, Lummis said that she was investigating the reasoning behind the blockades of open-air memorials such as the National World War II Memorial in Washington.

"It does appear to be mean-spirited — the manner in which the administration is meting out the pain of the government slowdown," she said.

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