U.S. Reps. John Kline and Michele Bachmann are greeting veterans at the World War II Memorial this afternoon, a day after the monument was barricaded because of the federal government shutdown.
Several members of Congress escorted dozens of veterans from Iowa and Mississippi past the barriers Tuesday so they could see the monument.
After public outcry, the National Park Service decided today that all veterans traveling to the memorial as part of the Honor Flight Network, which brings World War II veterans from the across the country to see the monument for free, will be allowed access.
Efforts to defund President Obama's health care law by the Tea Party wing of Congress, including Bachmann, has contributed to the federal shutdown that shuttered the national monuments.
Bachmann also showed up at the World War II Memorial on Tuesday after the veterans breached the barricades.
U.S. Rep. John Kline posted the picture below to his Twitter account today:
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."