National Park Service forces residents out of their homes

Lake Mead -- Government Shutdown

This is unbelievable. In its push to make Americans feel the impact of the government shutdown, the National Park Service has driven residents who live on federally owned land around Lake Mead in Nevada from their homes until Congress passes a stop-gap spending measure:

As the government shutdown drags on, problems continue to mount in southern Nevada.

In Overton, dozens of residents were forced to leave their homes and the shutdown is to blame.

Behind a roadblock near Stewart’s Point in Overton sits 27 homes. While the affected residents own those homes, the National Park Service owns the land, which is leased by homeowners.

The land is part of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

The road that leads to their homes was closed, leaving them with no way in or out. The problem is affecting businesses there as well.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal notes that some 60 families have been forced from their homes, including some elderly couples. One of the homeowners told the paper that the move perplexing given that he wasn’t forced to leave the land he leases from the National Park Service during the 1995-1996 government shutdown.

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a measure last week to fund the National Park Service with some Democratic support. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat who represents Nevada and is planning to run for re-election in 2016, has refused to bring the appropriations bill to the floor for a vote.

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