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Rep. Paul Cook Issues Statement on Averting Another Partial Government Shutdown
Yucaipa’s U.S. Congressman Paul Cook (R-8th District-Apple Valley) has issued a statement on the recent federal deal to preclude a second partial government shutdown by President Donald Trump over the contentious potential funding for his campaign-promised border wall.
Rep. Cook said on Thursday: “Tonight, I voted to avert another government shutdown. Shutdowns threaten our national security, disrupt our government, and unduly burden hard-working Americans who are forced to go without paychecks. While this agreement is far from perfect, it will guarantee critical funding to keep the government running for the rest of the fiscal year without the threat of another shutdown.
The 35-day December to January shutdown ended ono Jan. 25 when President Trump announced he had reached a tentative deal with congressional leaders to reopen the government for three weeks while talks on the border wall continued. The president is seeking $5 billion to build a border wall to stem the flow of illegal aliens from Mexico and other Central and Southern American countries.
The shutdown had impacted some 800,000 federal workers in nine different departments and agencies, including: Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, State, Transportation and Treasury. However, those classified as “essential workers” were required to continue in their positions without pay.
Regarding this week’s federal deal to avert a second strike, Rep. Cook also said, “This bill provides a down payment on the border wall, while providing additional resources for our border patrol and ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). However, this is only a first step; we can and must continue to push for additional funding to secure our border and stop illegal immigration along with the dangerous flow of crime and drugs that comes with it.”
Rep. Cook is currently a member of the House Natural Resources and Armed Services Committees. He served as an infantry officer and retired as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps after 26 years in the service. During his time in combat he was awarded the Bronze Star and earned two Purple Hearts.