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US orders refuges to staff for hunters despite shutdown

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From Associate Press

US orders refuges to staff for hunters despite shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is directing dozens of wildlife refuges to return staffers to work to make sure hunters and others have access despite the government shutdown, according to an email obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press.

The partial restaffing of 38 wildlife refuges is angering wildlife groups, who accuse the Trump administration of trying to minimize the public impact of the more than two-week-old shutdown to limit the political blowback for President Donald Trump. Trump and Democrats in Congress are locked in a dispute over Trump’s demand for billions of dollars for a wall on the southern U.S. border.

In an email sent Tuesday afternoon, Margaret Everson, principal deputy director of the Fish and Wildlife Service, cites “opportunities, including hunting” that are being lost in the shutdown.

Everson advises in the email that 38 wildlife refuges around the country will bring back some furloughed staff using carryover funds.

COMMENT:-

What a marvellous idea!

All those government workers who aren't getting paid can go off and hunt for the food to feed their families. Mr. Trump certainly has his priorities straight.

The rumour that the NRA complained to Mr. Trump that the shutdown was interfering with its members constitutional rights to keep and bear arms for hunting purposes is completely false.

Or is it?
 
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