Rep. Paul Cook at Stakeout: We’ve got to fix our military funding problems

House Republicans share President Trump’s vision for a safe, proud, and strong America and are doing their part.

Ahead of President Trump’s first State of the Union address, Chair McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) invited Rep. Paul Cook (R-CA) to join this morning’s House Republican Leadership press conference to discuss the work the House is doing to bolster our national security.

“It seems like every week, every month, we have another [military] training accident…we have to remember with this budget here, our military has really slipped a lot. We have less troops, we have less airplanes, we have less ships because of the budget process. We have more enemies, we have more commitments, and we’ve got to make sure we fix [the problem] and fix it fast.”

“My job [during the Vietnam War] was to take care of the troops. I still feel that way, and right now one of the most important votes is coming up. If we let them down again, I don’t know how I can look a Gold Star mom in the eye, how I can look at troops and say that ‘I took care of you.’ …I can’t remember where I left my keys. I can’t remember where I left my cell phone. But I remember every Marine that died when I was in command. I am bound and determined to fix [the problem of readiness].”