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October 3-- Augusta businessman Rick Allen today asked why Congressman John Barrow voted twice to keep the World War II Memorial closed in Washington, D.C instead of joining a majority of bi-partisan lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives to fund America's national parks, museums and monuments.

The U.S House voted Tuesday and Wednesday to provide funding for national parks, museums and monuments and both times Barrow voted NO.

“It took more federal personnel to secure the WWII Memorial from veterans than are typically standing guard there—so this is clearly a political act,” Rick said. “A bi-partisan group of House members voted to fund parks, museums and memorials and open the World War II Memorial for the veterans visiting Washington, D.C., but President Obama and John Barrow are focused on inflicting pain on Americans as a tool to save Obamacare and that is flat out wrong.

These men and women put their lives on hold and freed the world from oppression and tyranny, but John Barrow thinks it is more important
to protect Obamacare than it is to honor those that stormed the beaches of Normandy. Why would he do that?"

The U.S House of Representatives voted on H.J. Res. 70 Tuesday evening, but the joint resolution did not receive the two-thirds of the vote in the House to suspend the rules and pass the bill. Wednesday, House Republicans brought H.J. Res. 70 back up under regularorder and it passed the U.S. House 252-173. Barrow voted both times against it.

H.J. Res. 70 now awaits action in the U.S. Senate.

The U.S. Park Service closed the World War II Memorial and placed barricades andyellow police tape to keep veterans on Honor Flights from visiting the memorial. The veterans of World War II pushed the barricades aside so they could visit the memorial.