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Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., pointing to the National Park Service’s $11.5 billion in deferred maintenance, said Congress should stop funding new parks and focus on maintaining those it already has. He singled out the Grand Canyon as one park that needs more maintenance funding. (Cronkite News Service photo by Jack Fitzpatrick)

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Report blames national parks maintenance backlog on Congress

Congress is letting maintenance backlogs grow in national parks like the Grand Canyon while continuing to add new sites that the National Park Service cannot afford to maintain, a report Tuesday charged.


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