Today we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Our National Parks, from Yosemite to the Grand Canyon, and from Yellowstone to Sequoia have been one of America’s great success stories.
Loved by Americans, from school aged children to retired workers, the freedom to roam among the many Parks is a value we hold dear to our hearts. The experiences stay with us for a lifetime. I congratulate the Park Rangers and staff who have preserved our Parks for future generations.
However, I question whether our current Congressman here in District 4, Tom McClintock, loves our National Parks like so many of us. He blocked legislation to expand Yosemite, and has attempted to place restraints on the U.S. Antiquities Act, which has been used as a first step by Presidents in creating new Parks.
Open public spaces are critical to our personal, family, and national health. I strongly support our National Parks, and designation of new parks in the majestic Sierra Nevada. Today and everyday let us celebrate the National Park Service and those who protect these beautiful natural spaces for us all.
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