Oregon Governor’s Husband Cleans Park Bathrooms Amid Government Shutdown, Bills Trump

Oregon Governor Kate Brown's husband sent President Donald Trump a $28 bill after he cleaned trash-filled bathrooms in a national park that was understaffed due to the partial government shutdown.

On Friday, the 21st day of the partial government shutdown, Brown confirmed on Twitter that her husband Dan Little cleaned the bathrooms at Mt. Hood National Forest Sno-Park after finding it a mess and “sent the bill to President Donald Trump.”

“This is just one of the many reasons I love my husband, Dan,” Brown tweeted, alongside an invoice for “U.S. Forest Service Trash Removal” addressed to Trump and several before and after bathroom images. “He visited Mt. Hood National Forest Sno-Park, and like many national parks across the country, found it a mess due to the partial government shutdown. He cleaned the bathrooms—and sent the bill to President Trump.”

A partial government shutdown went into effect last month after the president declined to sign a stop-gap measure to keep it running through the New Year because it didn't provide funding provisions for his proposed border wall—one of Trump's key campaign promises to a base of supporters that dislikes immigrants.

Around one quarter of all U.S. government departments have been affected by the shutdown, now in its third week with no steps taken towards a resolution, with approximately 800,000 federal employees going without paychecks. Surpassing the 21-day record that the Bill Clinton administration previously set, the shutdown became the longest in U.S. history on Saturday at 22 days.

Last week, two Democratic representatives collected garbage overflowing in national parks and delivered it to Trump at the White House to remind the president of the shutdown's real world consequences.

In a Facebook video, California Reps. Jackie Speier and Jared Huffman carried bins labeled “Trump Trash” to the White House before stopping to address reporters. “Together on a very rainy Saturday in San Francisco, we joined with volunteers to clean up trash that was overflowing at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area because of Donald Trump's government shutdown,” Huffman said, before urging the president to end the shutdown.

“We are doing this to provide hopefully a reality check to our president... So that he understands that his political stunt, shutting down the government over the border wall, has real world consequences,” he added. “Trash like this—diapers, burrito wrappers, coffee cups—is building up in parks we represent and in national parks all over the country.”

Although many national parks have remained open during the shutdown, general maintenance has largely been suspended resulting in piles of trash building up all over the country.

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President Donald Trump holds a round-table discussion on border security and safe communities with State, local, and community leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House on January 11, 2019 in Washington, DC. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's husband Dan Little sent Trump a $28 bill after he cleaned bathrooms in local parks that were overfilling due to the government shutdown. Getty/Alex Wong