U.S. House Democrats reject Republican bid to keep national parks open


WASHINGTON, Oct 1 (Reuters) - A Republican measure to keepnational parks open during the U.S. government shutdown wasrejected on Tuesday by Democrats in the House ofRepresentatives.

The measure received a majority of the vote, 252-176. But itwas placed on a legislative fast track that needed a two-thirdsmajority to pass.

The White House said earlier that President Barack Obamawould veto any "piecemeal" legislation that would restorefunding only to certain parts of the government like nationalparks, veterans programs and the District of Columbia, ratherthan a broad federal spending bill.

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