Congressman Ruiz visits Joshua Tree National Park amid shutdown
The Desert Sun
Ruiz visited Joshua Tree on Monday to "get [his] hands dirty," he said, by picking up trash left by park guests.
The congressman collected crumpled newspapers, butane tanks, and food wrappers as an entourage of press, staff and representatives from local environmental groups followed behind.
“This is a way to engage in a more personal, direct level, and to not be the guy who sits in an office contemplating theoretical issues, but to be in the field with the people and with the environment; to do everything possible that I can to mitigate the effects of this reckless and irresponsible shutdown,” he said.
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