National Park Service budget problems are subject of congressional hearing

May 7, 2019

U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt is set to testify before a House appropriations subcommittee Tuesday. Bernhardt is likely to face questions about a severe maintenance backlog in the National Park Service, which says it can’t afford to keep its parks looking like what people expect. "These funding problems really threaten not just the integrity of the cultural natural resources that make parks so special, but also of the tourism economy that is so important," said John Garder, senior director of budget and appropriations with the National Parks Conservation Association.

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