Paul Cook

Cook

Shares views on negotiations that led to shutdown
October 01, 2013 6:12 PM
Brooke Self, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • U.S. Representative Paul Cook, R-Yucca Valley, is co-sponsoring a bill that would prevent members of Congress from receiving salaries during a government shutdown.

“Congress is failing to carry out one of its most important responsibilities, and everyday Americans are suffering,” Cook said in a news release distributed by his office Tuesday. “The American people expect all sides to come together and negotiate so we can find a way to make government work in an efficient manner. If government shuts down, members of Congress shouldn’t be paid during that time.”

H.R. 3160, also known as the Government Shutdown Fairness Act, was first introduced on Sept. 20 and was sponsored by Rep. Chris Collins of New York and 17 co-sponsors, according to the website GovTrack.us. The bill was immediately referred to the Committee on House Administration and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform where it is currently residing.

The bill has a nine percent chance of leaving a committee and two percent chance of passing, according to GovTrack.us.

“As a member of Congress who wants to get things done, it’s frustrating to see this game of Russian roulette play out,” Cook said. “My constituents have made clear to me that they want government to remain open.”

In the written statement Cook said he is also supporting an amendment to the continuing resolution to prevent Congress from receiving special subsidies for healthcare.

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