California Congressmember Ro Khanna has reintroduced a War Powers Resolution to end the war in Yemen for the third time in as many months.
The Senate made history by passing the resolution 56-41 last month, but House Republican leadership was able to block a vote on the bill while they retained control.
Now, however, Democrats are securely in the helm of the House, increasing the chances that the legislation will pass.
The government shutdown resulted in damages to the Joshua Tree National Park that the former superintendent says could take 300 years to resolve.
Visitors to the park actually cut down ancient Joshua trees — which take a full 60 years just to mature — so that they could make illegal roadways into the park.
Human waste from illegal camp sites also contributed to incalculable ecological damage to the park, which houses trees as old as 1,000 years.
Friends of Joshua Tree nonprofit director John Lauretig argues that the park should be completely closed if the government shuts down again to prevent any further damage.
“If the government doesn’t fund or staff the parks appropriately, then they should just close the parks to protect the parks and protect the people.”
A report from the Congressional Budget Office shows that the 35-day partial government shutdown cost the U.S. economy $11 billion.
While the CBO believes that roughly $8 billion of those losses are recoverable, at least $3 billion are permanent.
This devastating news comes as a bipartisan committee is beginning the daunting task of attempting to find a middleground between U.S. lawmakers and the president that will keep the government open after the three-week stopgap measure expires February 15.