Rep. Cook Issues Statement on Deal to Avert Shutdown
WASHINGTON- Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) issued the following statement after the House passed H.J. Res 31:
“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. This bill provides a down payment on the border wall, while providing additional resources for our border patrol and ICE. 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.”
A member of the House Natural Resources and Armed Services Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.