Neugebauer: 'My beef was not with the Parks Ranger'

Published: Oct. 4, 2013 at 1:29 AM CDT|Updated: Dec. 15, 2014 at 3:23 AM CST
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Congressman Randy Neugebauer (KCBD File Photo)
Congressman Randy Neugebauer (KCBD File Photo)

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Congressman Randy Neugebauer was in his office when capitol police told him shots had been fired outside.

He called the incident "disconcerting," but praised law enforcement for their quick response.

Neugebauer spoke with KCBD's Sarah-Blake Morgan on Thursday about the shooting, the shutdown, and his now-famous confrontation with a Park Ranger at the World War II memorial on Wednesday.

He said, "My beef was not with the Parks Ranger. My beef is with the Parks Department and this president, that they would deny these American heroes access to the World War II memorial."

"When she told me it was the Parks Department, I said they should be ashamed of themselves - not her, personally, but the president should be ashamed that they would deny access to a freestanding memorial that doesn't require anybody to man that facility. It's a very sacred place, quite honestly," Neugebauer said. "These people come from all over the world to see this memorial and there's no reason for them not to be able to come..."

Neugebauer said, "I want to make sure when those veterans come here that they get to see their memorial."

Neugebauer says, "We've been working pretty much night and day and through the weekend to reopen government."

"We've sent a number of proposals over to the senate only to have Mr. Reid reject those," he said. "The president called members of the leadership over to the White House yesterday and basically said to them he wasn't going to negotiate."

"Republicans seem to be the only ones at the table right now," Neugebauer said.

VIDEO: Full interview with Congressman Randy Neugebauer

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