Darrell Issa | Serving California's 49th District

Issa Recognizes Selfless Act of National Service Amidst Budget Impasse

October 10, 2013

WASHINGTON. D.C. – Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) today recognized Chris Cox in the Congressional Record for his selfless act of national service amidst the ongoing budget impasse.  Cox, a resident of South Carolina, traveled to Washington, D.C. on a one-man mission to maintain the grounds for visitors to the National Mall as our national monuments and museums remain closed and National Park Service employees normally tasked with keeping the Mall clean remained furloughed.

“As some of our leaders in Washington, D.C. are unwilling to negotiate with members of the opposite political party to devise a solution to re-open the federal government – something the American people want and deserve – Cox took it upon himself to ensure the lawn of the iconic Lincoln Memorial was mowed and kept tidy for the thousands of veterans who will descend on our nation’s capital this weekend for the Million Vet March,” said Rep. Issa in the Congressional Record.

“I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Cox just this weekend when riding my bike around the monuments – surveying how the shutdown has impacted our National Mall.  Cox expressed his sincerest hope that he would be able to clean the area around the Lincoln Memorial to the World War II Memorial because our veterans dedicated their lives and fought for us so we should fight and honor them, even if the government is shutdown.”

“This is the American spirit.  This is the attitude and perseverance our Founding Fathers demonstrated in the face of adversity.  Patriotic acts, like the ones recently displayed by Cox, serve as a great reminder of how Washington should conduct itself in this frustrating time.”

To read Rep. Issa’s full statement for the Congressional Record, please click here.

To view the interview Rep. Issa conducted himself with Chris Cox, please click here.

 

 

 

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