Congressman Michael Cloud meets with USO, CBP about shutdown affects

Congressman Michael Cloud met in Corpus Christi Friday morning with representatives of USO of South Texas and other local organizations working to support the U.S. Coast Guard and federal workers who have gone without pay while portions of the federal government have been shut down.

USO of South Texas is a nonprofit organization committed to supporting U.S. military service members and their families.

Discussion focused on ways the community could support these organizations’ efforts. A council of pastors which meets regularly with Congressman Cloud participated as well.

Congressman Cloud then met with Customs and Border Protection at their Corpus Christi Station to hear about the challenges they are facing and to discuss ways his office and the community could best assist them.

“We have federal workers protecting and working for the American people without pay, and I’ve been meeting frequently with other Members of Congress and working to try and find common ground, because we need to get a bill passed that reopens the government, addresses the crisis on our border, and restores the pay our federal workers deserve,” said Congressman Cloud. “But it is so encouraging in the meantime to see our community coming together to assist these federal workers and their families, and I’m going to be doing anything I can to support these efforts.”

Congressman Cloud also met this afternoon with the Coast Bend Council of Governments to discuss Hurricane Harvey relief efforts throughout the Coastal Bend, progress on the Key Allegro Bridge project in Rockport, and how his office can assist.

Following the meetings, President Trump announced that a short-term deal had been reached with congressional leaders to reopen the government for three weeks.

“I’ve voted three times to restore pay for federal workers affected by the shutdown, and I’m so appreciative of their hard work and happy to see they will be getting paid,” said Congressman Cloud. “This short-term deal does not fix the humanitarian crisis on our border or provide funding beyond the next few weeks though, so I will continue to work for a responsible solution that reopens the government and strengthens border security going forward.”

Congressman Cloud had also voted in favor of the Government Employee Fair Treatment Act of 2019, which the President signed into law. The bill will provide backpay for all federal employees who have been furloughed or worked without pay once a deal to reopen the affected agencies takes effect.

Additionally, Congressman Cloud voted last year in support of a bill which would have funded the government and provided funds to strengthen border security, but the bill did not receive the 60 votes necessary to pass the Senate.