GOP rep decries Capitol duck ramp as 'government waste'
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A GOP member of the House is lamenting new "duck ramps" on Capitol grounds as an example of "government waste."

"If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck, it must be government waste," Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.) tweeted on Tuesday.

The ramps are intended to help ducklings go in and out of the Capitol reflecting pool, and were built in collaboration with City Wildlife, a nonprofit organization that rehabilitates injured and orphaned wildlife in Washington.

"The Capitol Reflecting Pool has been a popular attraction – for ducks and humans!" Architect of the Capitol spokeswoman Erin Courtney wrote in a blog post on Monday. But, "some ducklings have trouble climbing out of the pool or returning to it once out of the water," prompting the construction of the ramps. 

The reflecting pool is currently home to four families of Mallard ducks.

Walker is the chairman of the Republican Study Committee, a group of conservative House members that advocates for cuts in nondefense spending. His claim of government waste on Tuesday garnered backlash from many on social media.