By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Rep. Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) voted last night to end the government shutdown and to avoid a potentially crippling federal default. H.R. 2775 funds the federal government through January 15, 2014 at the authorized level of $986 billion and authorizes suspension of the debt limit through February 7, 2014. This will be the first time that discretionary spending has fallen for two years in a row since the Korean War.
Along with funding the government and raising the debit limit, this bill creates a budget conference committee led by Representative Paul Ryan (R- Wisconsin) and Senator Patty Murray (D- Washington). This committee is charged with reaching a broader budget and deficit-reduction agreement by December 13, 2013. H.R. 2775 also includes a provision tightening requirements for verifying the income of people receiving health-insurance subsidies under Obamacare.
Said Cook, “We had to find a way to end the shutdown. The closure of our National Parks was devastating local economies in the Eighth District that depend on them for revenue, while the furloughs of thousands of civilian Department of Defense employees compounded the economic harm. Even more troubling, the shutdown reduced our military readiness, leaving us more vulnerable to attacks here at home and abroad. This shutdown was literally putting lives and families at risk. I couldn’t, in good conscience, vote to prolong a shutdown that was harming families in my district as well as the men and women on the front lines in places like Afghanistan.
“It was also vital that we avoid default and maintain global confidence in America’s economy. The President’s behavior during this shutdown crisis, in that he refused to engage or negotiate, gave me no confidence that he would handle the default in a way that would avoid further harm to our economy.
“I remain opposed to Obamacare and continue to support its repeal. Obviously this bill didn’t accomplish the goal of major repeal. Every day it becomes clearer that Obamacare isn’t ready for prime time and will cripple an already weak American economy. Since the Obamacare exchanges opened on October 1, I’ve heard from dozens of constituents who are frustrated and frightened by the cost and complexity of the system. I’ll continue to provide rigorous oversight as the massive flaws in the President’s health scheme continue to be exposed, and I think Americans will continue to unite behind the idea of repealing Obamacare.”