The Democratic National Committee jumped on Sen. Mike Lee's comments Tuesday about World War II veterans being shut out of visiting national monuments because of the government shut down, noting that it was Lee who claims credit for the budget stand off that led to the closure.
Lee took to the Senate floor Tuesday to explain the plight of two Honor Flights carrying the veterans who had landed to a shuttered Washington where the WWII Memorial was barricaded by temporary fencing.
"We've got at least two Honor Flights coming in from around the country bringing World War II veterans, members of the greatest generation, to who plan to visit the World War II Veterans Memorial, a memorial designed specifically for them," Lee said. "When they arrive, if nothing changes between now and then, they'll painfully discover what we've learned this morning, which is that those parts of the national mall have been fenced off and barricaded. They won't be able to get in. They won't be able to get very close. This is unfortunate, and just as important, it is unnecessary."