Rep. Cook Votes to End Schumer Shutdown
WASHINGTON – Rep. Paul Cook (R- Apple Valley) voted today to end the three-day “Schumer Shutdown” of the federal government. The legislation cleared the Senate earlier in the day and passed the House with overwhelming support this afternoon.
Rep Cook said, “Today, I voted to end the shutdown and reopen our federal government. This Continuing Resolution not only reopens the government, but also provides long-term health care for over 9 million children, including 55,000 in California’s 8th Congressional District. While I’m pleased this shutdown was short-lived, this disruptive and unnecessary stunt should have never happened. The shutdown jeopardized health insurance for millions of at-risk children, threatened military readiness, and put our security as well as our economy at risk. I voted to keep government open on Friday and voted to reopen it again today. The deal that was passed today was available last Friday, but it took three days of holding our government hostage before Schumer and a handful of obstructionist Senators agreed to end their filibuster.”
A member of the House Natural Resources, Armed Services, and Foreign Affairs 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.