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“Control Unlawful Fugitive Felons (CUFF) Act” supported by Rep. Paul Cook
The House of Representatives passed the “Control Unlawful Fugitive Felons (CUFF) Act,” HR 2792, last week. The legislation amends the law to prohibit those individuals with outstanding arrest warrant for a felony or parole violation from receiving certain monthly welfare benefits.
Rep. Paul Cook (R-8th District-Apple Valley) voted for HR 2792. The bill passed the House by a margin of 244-171. The Congressional Budget Office has indicated that, if enacted, the bill would save $2 billion over ten years. It is supported by the National Sheriffs Association and the Fraternal Order of Police.
Rep. Cook said, “Wanted felons and parole violators must be held accountable for their actions. This commonsense legislation prevents taxpayer dollars from funding the lifestyle of potentially dangerous criminals.”
HR 2792 would apply only to felony charges or for a crime carrying a minimum term of one or more years in prison. The policy would not punish those convicted of misdemeanors, such as outstanding parking tickets.
Rep. Cook’s 8th District includes the city of Yucaipa and Rep. Cook maintains a field office in Yucaipa at 34282 Yucaipa Boulevard. The Yucaipa office phone number is 909-797-4900; please call prior to visiting the office in order to confirm hours of availability.