The Tennessee Senate Republican Caucus questions whether there really has been a shutdown of the federal government.

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By Chas Sisk, The Tennessean

The Tennessee Senate Republican Caucus questions whether there really has been a shutdown of the federal government.

In a letter addressed to President Barack Obama released Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and 23 other Republicans in the state Senate accuse his administration of hyping "a slowdown" in federal services in an attempt to make GOP members of the U.S. House of Representatives look bad.

The group says Obama has tried to maximize the shutdown's visibility by closing public places, such as the World War II Memorial in Washington and the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France.

They also blame Senate Democrats for the impasse.

"Ostensibly, a government shutdown would revolve around saving taxpayer funds," the group writes. "In fact, your administration seems to be going to great lengths and sparing no expense to sell your particular shutdown narrative."

Two members of the Senate Republican Caucus, state Sens. Stacey Campfield and Brian Kelsey, did not sign the letter. Campfield said he did not think the Obama administration would listen to the caucus's complaint.

"We've got our own problems in Tennessee to worry about," he said. "I think that we've done all that we can to say no to Obamacare."

Kelsey did not return a call seeking comment.

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