Paul Cook

Paul Cook

CALIFORNIA's 8th DISTRICT

Rep. Paul Cook Votes to Publicize and Combat Iranian Government Corruption

2017/12/13

WASHINGTON-   Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) today voted for HR 1638, the Iranian Leadership Asset Transparency Act. The bill passed the House with bipartisan support.

The US State Department classifies Iran as the world’s “foremost state sponsor of terrorism” and a country of “primary concern” for money laundering. This legislation requires the Department of Treasury to provide a report on steps that can be taken to prevent the financing of terrorism, money laundering, or related illicit finance and to help clarify the ways that financial institutions and legitimate businesses can comply with existing sanctions. The report would detail assets under control of the Iranian regime’s leadership, how the assets were acquired, and how they are being used by Iran’s top military and political leaders. The report would be submitted to Congress and available on the Treasury’s website in English as well as the three main languages used in Iran: Farsi, Arabic, and Azeri.

Many members of Iran’s senior political and military leadership have acquired significant personal wealth by using their positions to secure control of major portions of the Iranian national economy. This bill will provide public reporting on the sources and uses of concentrated wealth held by top Iranian leaders and will help businesses throughout the world avoid doing business with leaders who support terrorism.

Rep. Cook said, “This bill will help us to identify the assets of Iran’s tyrannical leaders which have been used to support terrorism against the US and our allies. By identifying these  assets, we can better combat Iranian money laundering schemes and will help us to revise US sanctions to make them more effective at preventing Iranian officials from using funds to support terror and develop ballistic missile technology.”

A member of the House Natural Resources, Armed Services, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.

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Rep. Paul Cook Votes to Protect Law-Abiding Citizens Right to Self-Defense

2017/12/06

WASHINGTON-   Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) today voted for HR 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. Cook was an original co-sponsor of the bill, which passed in the House of Representatives today by a margin of 231-198.

The legislation ensures that law-abiding citizens’ Second Amendment rights are protected when they cross state lines. It allows people with a state-issued concealed carry license or permit, or individuals who are citizens of states that do not require a permit to carry a concealed firearm, to carry a concealed handgun in any other state that allows concealed carry, as long as the individual follows the laws of that state.

Existing state codes have created a confusing patchwork of reciprocity agreements for concealed

carry permit holders. Even the most careful and knowledgeable concealed carry permit holders find it difficult to navigate the current maze of state and local concealed carry laws. All 50 states already allow for some form of concealed carry, a policy that has been proven to increase public safety. A 2013 study in Applied Economic Letters found that between 1980 and 2009, “states with more restrictive concealed carry laws had gun-related murder rates that were 10 percent higher.” Additionally, a 2013 survey of 15,000 current and retired police officers found that 90 percent of them support the concealed carry of guns by civilians.

HR 38 also reauthorizes the National Instant Criminal Background Check Systems (NICS) Improvement Act and increases records submissions assistance for states. The Attorney General is required to report every two years on the improvements made to the NICS system, and law enforcement shall be notified when a prohibited person received a firearm in error. This will help ensure that criminals who have been barred from gun ownership remain unable to get their hands on firearms.

Rep. Cook said, “This important legislation will go a long way toward protecting our rights while making Americans safer. It clarifies current gun regulations, preserves the right of law-abiding citizens to right to carry a gun for self-defense, and maintains and improves safeguards to ensure we keep guns out of the hands of criminals. I urge the Senate to swiftly take up and pass this vital public safety legislation.”

A member of the House Natural Resources, Armed Services, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.

 

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Rep. Paul Cook Votes to Cut Funding for Palestinian Terrorists

2017/12/05

WASHINGTON-   Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) today voted for HR 1164, the Taylor Force Act. The bill, which passed the House of Representatives unanimously, would restrict US assistance to the Palestinian Authority until it stops subsidizing terrorists through “pay to slay” policies.

This legislation is in response to the Palestinian practice of rewarding terrorists with payments for committing violent acts of terror. The measure is named for U.S. Army veteran Taylor Force, who was brutally murdered by a Palestinian terrorist during an educational tour in Israel in March of 2016. Taylor was an Eagle Scout, West Point graduate, Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, and American citizen. 

Specifically H.R. 1164 would withhold nearly all economic aid to the West Bank and Gaza that directly benefits the Palestinian Authority (PA), unless the Secretary of State certifies that the PA: (1) is taking steps to end acts of violence against Israelis and Americans; (2) terminates payments for acts of  terrorism against Israelis and Americans; (3) revokes or invalidates the laws authorizing or implementing compensation for acts of violence; and (4) is publicly condemning acts of violence and taking steps to investigate these acts. The legislation will not affect humanitarian aid to the region.

Rep. Cook said, “We must stop providing funding to the Palestinian Authority when they’re financing and rewarding terrorism on a daily basis. Taylor Force is one of many innocent victims murdered as a result of this horrific practice. This critical legislation sends a clear message to the Palestinian Authority that it’s time to stop subsidizing terrorists and murderers.”

A member of the House Natural Resources, Armed Services, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.

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Congressman Paul Cook's Newsletter: November 28, 2017

2017/11/29

District Update | November 28, 2017

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Sequestration is Damaging Military Readiness

 

In 2011, as the United States was removing the last of its troops from Iraq, few people in the West had ever heard of ISIS, North Korea didn’t have advanced nuclear or missile technology, Putin wasn’t the president of Russia, and former President Barack Obama signed the Budget Control Act (BCA) into law.

This law, often referred to by its enforcement mechanism “sequestration,” set the yearly defense spending caps for the next 10 years based more on budget than on strategic and military necessity. As a result, the 2018 defense spending top line is influenced more by domestic spending caps than by very real and credible threats: a nuclearized North Korea, the expansionist threat from Russia, the growing strength of China, or the persistent global threat of terrorism. While we must always be careful stewards of taxpayer dollars, disregarding global realities in favor of budgetary purity has left us vulnerable and less secure. The security, prosperity and military might of the United States was not built on this flawed philosophy, and we must work to end the BCA for military budgeting as soon as possible.

The damage of the BCA is most evident in military readiness. Military “readiness” measures our service members’ abilities to operate at levels sufficient to counteract our enemy with the least risk to American lives. Since the BCA was enacted, military funding has remained at 2011 designated levels, with minor adjustments, while commitments around the world continued to increase, causing funding for training to be moved to other operational needs and subsequently leaving our service members undertrained. To date, the consequences have been most visible with high-profile accidents like ship collisions and aircraft accidents, but a large-scale conflict would reveal what many military leaders know: our low state of readiness will lead to lives lost unnecessarily and, potentially, catastrophe.  

To put the shortfall in perspective, look at the defense budget request for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. The President asked for an increase in the defense budget to cover current military requirements, to invest in modernization to keep up with Russia and China, and to begin rebuilding our armed services’ readiness to fight if necessary. After multiple briefings from the Armed Services and military experts, Congress agreed with a need to return readiness to acceptable levels, so we authorized a budget of $634 billion. If the current $549 billion BCA cap for FY 2018 isn’t raised, we will be underfunding the military by $85 billion dollars. Since we cannot take funding away from current operations with troops in harm’s way, a large portion of that money will be taken from training, which will truly break our countries readiness.  

After years of watching military readiness decline under the BCA, we need to repeal this cheap and shortsighted political device before it has irreversible effects on our service men and women. Another option could be to keep the BCA but raise the funding caps, which could help stave off immediate disaster – though it would retain the flawed overall approach. Regardless, we are quickly approaching a deadline to fund our military at levels that our brave young women and men deserve, and our national security requires. We cannot in good conscience allow the BCA level for FY 2018 to jeopardize either.

This editorial was published on November 21, 2017 on American Military News.

Dealing with North Korea

So far this year, North Korea has conducted multiple nuclear weapon tests, a series of intercontinental ballistic missile tests, and has continued to prioritize the development of nuclear weapons over the well-being of its own citizens. North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un assumes that provoking the U.S., threatening our allies, and developing nuclear weapons will secure the future of his regime. He is wrong in this assumption. This threat is critical to the national security of the United States and for the safety of the world.

North Korea has disregarded almost every agreement and commitment it has made to the U.S. and our allies. The regime has also demonstrated a proclivity for breaking international law and undermining international oversight of nuclear development. It is imperative that as North Korea’s nuclear capability increases, we continue to put pressure on Kim Jong Un and his regime. 

In response to North Korea’s continued violation of United Nations Security Council Resolutions and inflammatory rhetoric, the U.S. has worked with its allies to collectively implement stricter sanctions on North Korea. In August, the President signed into law a sanctions bill that expanded the tools at his disposal to punish North Korea. Additionally, the law required the President to determine whether North Korea should be classified as a state sponsor of terrorism. This designation would give us even more tools to pressure the North Korean regime, and I have urged the President to make this determination quickly. These sanctions are an attempt to bring North Korea to the negotiating table through peaceful means, which is my preference and that of nearly everyone outside of the North Korean regime.

Kim Jong Un’s most recent actions have underscored the seriousness of the danger North Korea poses to Japan, South Korea, and the U.S.. To counter this threat, the U.S. has taken steps to reaffirm our commitment to our allies while also enhancing our own military capabilities. Japan and South Korea are in the most danger of a missile attack due to their proximity to North Korea. Although the U.S. has developed systems capable of stopping an intercontinental ballistic missile attack, our allies are not as well equipped and face different types of threats due to closer proximity to North Korea. That is why we have increased the sales of sophisticated missile defense systems to South Korea and Japan. In the face of an erratic North Korea, it is vital that we take these steps to support our allies.

As the threat from North Korea continues to grow, so does the urgency to defend ourselves and support other democratic nations. First and foremost, our military must be ready and prepared. This ensures that we can enter into negotiations from a position of strength, and should a conflict start, we will be able to defend against North Korean aggression. We must also continue to increase the pressure on this rogue state with sanctions. I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress to develop new sanctions against North Korea and bring them to the negotiating table. However, if negotiations fail, our military and those of our allies must be equipped to respond to the threat.

This editorial was published on November 22, 2017 in RealClearDefense.com 

FAA Letter 

 

In October, I wrote a letter to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta about the serious problem created by the FAA’s new flight patterns. Last week, Administrator Huerta responded to my letter. In his response, he promised that the FAA is still evaluating the flight pattern issue, and that the agency is looking at adjustments that can address community concerns while still maintaining the effectiveness of the air traffic control system. While this letter does not fully address the concerns of community nor guarantee concrete action, it is an important step in the right direction for the FAA. I will continue to advocate on behalf of mountain residents as we move forward, to make sure that the FAA’s words are translated into meaningful action.

Click here to read FAA Administrator Huerta’s full response.

 

 

Winter Light Parade 

 

Join the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce 20th Annual Winter Light Parade on Tuesday, December 5 at 6:45 p.m. in Veterans Park. 

For more questions email info@29chamber.org or call (760) 367-3445. 

 

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies

 

Town of Apple Valley: 
The Town of Apple Valley will host their Tree Lighting Ceremony on Tuesday, December 5 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Civic Center Park located at 14955 Dale Evans Parkway. 
For more information call (760) 240-7000. 

City of Bishop:
The City of Bishop will host their Christmas parade, tree lighting, and street of lights ceremony on Saturday, December 2. The parade begins at 4:30 p.m. at High Country Lumber and heads north on Main Street, ending at Bishop City Park for the official tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. 

City of Hesperia: 
The Hesperia Recreation and Park District with the City of Hesperia invite residents to Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, December 7 from 4:30 p.m. at Hesperia Civic Plaza Park. The public can enjoy musical entertainment, refreshments, holiday craft, and food vendors. 

City of Victorville:

The City of Victorville will kick off the holiday season with its annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Festival of Lights on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Victorville  City Hall located at 14343 Civic Dr.

The community will be treated to an evening of free entertainment including the lighting of the Christmas tree at City Hall and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.  The Hi Country Harmonaires will set the mood with a selection of Christmas music.  

One and all are invited to come join in this celebration and enjoy the Christmas caroling, seasonal vendors and more. The Christmas tree will be lit at dusk, followed by from the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus.  

For information on participating as a vendor, please contact Hook Community Center at (760) 245-5551.

Christmas Treasure Hunt

 

Desert Christ Park is hosting their 4th Annual Christmas Treasure hunt held on Saturday, December 2 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 56200 Sunnyslope Drive in Yucca Valley. Christmas treasures will be available for children to hunt such as ornaments and toys. Hot cocoa and cookies will be served. 

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Clay Hunt 5k 

 

Join the Clay Hunt 5K walk on Saturday, December 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the VA Loma Linda Ambulatory Care Center facility located at 26001 Redlands Blvd in Redlands. 

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Rep. Cook Votes to Cut Taxes and Create Jobs

2017/11/16

WASHINGTON-   Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) today voted in favor of H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was approved by the House of Representatives on a 227-205 vote. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will provide the average family of four in Cook’s district, California’s 8th Congressional District, approximately $1,400 annually in savings. Americans will see these savings on taxes collected next year and pay a reduced amount by April 2019.

Rep. Cook said, “Despite the misinformation being spread about this bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will protect property tax and mortgage interest deductions for the vast majority of my constituents. Twenty-five thousand additional families in my district will also become eligible for the child tax credit. Through these provisions, and most importantly, by doubling the standard deduction, Americans will be able to keep more of their money. Money in their pockets means better retirement savings, a better shot at a down payment for a home, and more money in local economies rather than federal coffers.

“This bill also simplifies our tax code, significantly reducing the difficulties and costs involved in tax preparation. I urge the Senate to act swiftly to pass its own version of the tax legislation so we can get a bill to the President’s desk and provide real tax relief to the American people.”

H.R. 1 lowers the income tax rate for all Americans other than the wealthiest, where the tax rate remains unchanged, demonstrating a commitment to middle and working class Americans. While H.R. 1 eliminates or reduces a number of tax deductions, the reduced income tax rates and doubled “standard deduction” more than offset those changes for nearly all taxpayers in Cook’s district. For example, currently 65 percent of Cook’s constituents utilize the standard deduction when doing their taxes, rather than itemizing. Under H.R. 1, that standard deduction will double to $12,000 from $6,000 for individuals and to $24,000 from $12,000 for married couples. According to the Joint Committee on Taxation and the Tax Foundation, 91 percent of taxpayers in Cook’s district will have a lower tax liability through the doubling of the standard deduction alone.

The legislation also makes American businesses more competitive internationally. Currently, US tax rates for businesses are among the highest in the industrialized world. Nationwide, this bill reduces taxes on American families and businesses by approximately $1.5 trillion over 10 years and simplifies the tax code to make it easier to file taxes.

A member of the House Natural Resources, Armed Services, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.

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Rep. Cook Issues Statement on New Cuba Regulations

2017/11/08

Rep. Cook Issues Statement on New Cuba Regulations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, issued the following statement on the Treasury, Commerce, and State Department regulations issued today to implement President Trump’s Cuba policy changes announced last June.

Chairman Cook: “Today’s action is a positive step towards preventing U.S. financial resources from going to the Cuban military and security services amidst continued questions about the attacks on American diplomats that occurred in Havana. However, I’m concerned that the new regulations and the State Department’s initial list of restricted Cuban entities may not be strong enough to meet the President’s goal of protecting U.S. security interests and supporting the Cuban people in their fight for freedom. I look forward to working with the Administration in my new capacity as Chairman to strengthen these regulations, ensure U.S. businesses and travelers do not inadvertently contribute to the oppression of the Cuban people, and seek a solution to resolving U.S. certified property claims.”

A member of the House Natural Resources, Armed Services, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.

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District Update | October 31, 2017

2017/11/01

 

Congressman Cook Named Chairman of House Foreign Affairs Western Hemisphere Subcommittee

 

Congressman Paul Cook was named chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere by Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The move follows Rep. Jeff Duncan’s departure from the committee earlier this week.

The Western Hemisphere Subcommittee covers political relations between the US and other nations in North and South America. Specifically, the committee conducts oversight on regional institutions, US foreign assistance, regional activities of the United Nations, and all regional security pacts.

Royce said, “As a former Marine Corps colonel, Rep. Cook is deeply committed to defending U.S. interests worldwide. I look forward to working with him to continue holding the Castro and Maduro regimes accountable for their brutal repression, while increasing U.S. commercial opportunities throughout the hemisphere.”

Congressman Cook said, “There are conflicts and crises around the world, but we have tough challenges in our own backyard. With the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, I plan to help hold accountable rogue regimes in Venezuela and Cuba, support our allies in their struggle against the drug cartels, and find ways to promote security and economic prosperity across the hemisphere. I’m honored to further the good work of the subcommittee and the work of my friend and full-committee Chairman Ed Royce in promoting American interests in the Western Hemisphere.”  

Congressman Cook Votes to Expand Sanctions against Iran

 

Congressman Paul Cook voted for HR 1698, the Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act. This bill, which expands sanctions against Iran for its illicit ballistic missile program, passed the House of Representatives overwhelmingly.

H.R. 1698 requires the President to impose sanctions on foreign persons and entities involved with Iran’s ballistic missile program and those who provide or receive conventional weapons from Iran.

According to a 2016 Worldwide Threat Assessment, the U.S. intelligence community suggests, “that Tehran would choose ballistic missiles as its preferred method of delivering nuclear weapons, if it builds them. Iran’s ballistic missiles are inherently capable of delivering [weapons of mass destruction], and Tehran already has the largest inventory of ballistic missiles in the Middle East.”

Iran has conducted tests of ballistic missiles designed with the ability to deliver nuclear weapons and has acquired destabilizing types of conventional weapons.

Specifically, this legislation requires the President:

  • To report to Congress on the foreign and domestic supply chain in Iran that supports its ballistic missile program.
  • To impose sanctions against: (1) Iranian government agencies involved in ballistic missile development; (2) foreign entities that supply material for, or otherwise facilitate or finance such efforts; (3) foreign persons or foreign government agencies that import, export, or re-export prohibited arms or related material to or from Iran; and (4) foreign persons or entities that transfer goods or technologies contributing to Iran’s ability to acquire or develop ballistic missiles, including launch technology, and destabilizing numbers and types of advanced conventional weapons.
  • To investigate potential violations of these sanctions and report to Congress regarding credible information about Iran’s violations of arms restrictions.

Congressman Cook said, “Iran continues to show it’s a dangerous threat the United States and its allies. This legislation requires a thorough investigation into the suppliers of the regime’s weapons programs. Iran is the most serious threat we face in the Middle East, and if we don’t push back now, Iran’s reach, influence, and support for terrorists will plague the world for years to come.”  

Iran's Support for Terror Must Stop

October 23 marked the 34th anniversary of the Marine Corps Barracks bombing in Beirut Lebanon. Two-hundred forty-one American service members were killed that day at the hands of Hezbollah. Over three decades later, Hezbollah is the most powerful political force in Lebanon and has even expanded its influence into southern Syria.

Similarly, in the Palestinian territories, Hamas continues to rule the Gaza Strip and has a strong presence in the West Bank, allowing it to continue a campaign of terror that has prevented any chance of lasting peace with Israel. In Iraq, Shi’a terrorist groups have murdered American and allied troops for years, preventing Iraq from ever knowing peace. Most recently, these same groups have swept into territory previously held by ISIS or our Kurdish allies and have begun terrorizing civilians.

In Syria, the regime of Bashar al-Assad remains in power despite its responsibility for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of its own people, and the displacement of millions. In Yemen, the Houthi rebels murder civilians and have caused famine and disease on an unbelievable scale.

These terrorist groups are ultimately responsible for their own actions, and the U.S. and our allies hold them accountable in a variety of ways, including with military action. However, all of these groups have one common link that supersedes other commonalities. It’s not in their warped versions of Islam, their apocalyptic worldviews, or even their hatred for the U.S. It’s their support from and close relationship with Iran.

There is no single greater destabilizing force in the Middle East than Iran. Since the Iranian Revolution in 1979, Iran has assisted any regional terror group willing to accept its help. It began in much smaller form in the 1980s with their support for Hezbollah. Following the Marine Barracks bombing, the U.S. designated Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism. Rather than change their behavior to lose that designation, Iran has increased their support for terrorists around the world exponentially.

Now that ISIS is crumbling, the most critical national security concern for the U.S. in the Middle East is countering Iran’s influence and support for terrorism. My colleagues and I on the House Foreign Affairs Committee understand this challenge, and we’ve pursued an aggressive agenda against Iran. This year alone, we’ve held fourteen hearings where Iran and its terrorist proxies have been a central focus. The House has passed nearly 20 pieces of relevant legislation, giving the President additional tools to counter the Iranian threat.

We can and must do more. Each front in this multi-faceted conflict against Iranian terror is unique and will require unique strategies and solutions. Diplomatically, we must be aggressive in strengthening our regional allies in this effort, fostering positive relationships, and identifying mutual interests where we can. Economically, we must isolate Iran, while also demonstrating how positive engagement and cooperation can bring prosperity and peace. Militarily, we must employ Reagan’s “peace through strength” mantra, so Iran knows that we can act with overwhelming and decisive force if necessary.

More commonly, we must train, equip, and advise our allies on how to lead their own fight, recognizing that peace must be earned by those who will be responsible for keeping it. This struggle against Iranian influence has been decades in the making and will not be quickly won. However this fight must be won, and by using all the tools available to us, it will be.

This editorial was published on October 29 in the Victor Valley Daily Press.

 

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!

 

Enjoy these 16 great tips from the San Bernardino County Fire Department to ensure that you have a safe Halloween.

For the original flyer, click here.

Shred Fest & Mulch Giveaway in Victorville

 

The City of Victorville is hosting their free shred fest to all Victor Valley Residents. Bring up to four 20-pound boxes of paper documents to shred for free. No business materials are allowed.  Documents are shredded on site by All Purpose Document Destruction. 

There will be a free mulch at the MRF during the fest and events. This is a "load your own" mulch giveaway, so be sure to bring your own shovels, as well as bags or other containers, to load mulch into. The giveaway is for residents only- no businesses or commercial vehicles. Mulch and compost limit is 50 gallons. 

IESBDC Training Event: Incorporating Your Small Business

 

Attend the free Inland Empire SBDC (IESBDC) Training Seminar where they will cover the process understanding which forms do you need, what processes will your new company need to follow to comply? This seminar will take place on Wednesday, November 1 at 9:00 located at the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce at 16010 Apple Valley Road in Apple Valley. 

Presenter Attorney Gary Foltz has over 20 years of experience helping entrepreneurs incorporate their small businesses, and will discuss forming a corporation; the various forms of organization; selecting the type of organization that's right for you; as well as answering your business planning questions.

For questions, contact Mary Takovorian (909) 983-0751.

The High Desert Divas

 

Join the Adelanto Chamber of Commerce for their Annual High Desert Divas Finale where one diva will be crowned on November 9 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Victorville. The Holiday Inn is located at 15494 Palmdale Road in Victorville. 

For more information, click here .

26th Annual Golf Classic & John B. Sharp Memorial Poker Run 

 

Join the Yucaipa Chamber of Commerce for a great day on the golf course to support student scholarships.The 26th annual golf classic will take place on Friday, November 3 at 10:00 a.m. at the Yucaipa Valley Golf Club located at 33725 Chapman Heights Road in Yucaipa.

For more information, click here

My office is here to help you. If you or someone you know needs help with the Veterans' Administration please call my Apple Valley District Office at (760) 247-1815.

Suicide Prevention for Veterans

 

Register for the Rock Concert with Brent Payne to promote awareness of suicide prevention for our nation's veterans. This event will take place Wednesday, November 8 at VA Loma Linda Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) and will begin at 12 p.m.

For more information, click here. 

San Bernardino Valley College Veterans Resource Center Veterans Day Celebration

 

 

Join the San Bernardino Valley College Veterans Resource Center for their Veterans Day Celebration on November 9 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in room B-100.

Barstow College Veterans Day Resource Fair and Luncheon

 

Barstow Community College will host their Veterans Day event on November 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There will be a Veteran Community Resource Fair which will take place in the Performing Arts Center and Veterans luncheon starting at 11:30 a.m. 

For questions or RSVP, contact mbond@barstow.edu or call (760) 252-2411x7306.

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House Passes Rep. Cook's Bill to Foster Robust Domestic Helium Production

2017/11/01

WASHINGTON-   Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) today announced that his bill H.R. 3279, the Helium Extraction Act of 2017, unanimously passed the House of Representatives. The bill amends the Mineral Leasing Act to allow helium extraction from gas on federal lands under the same terms as gas and oil.

Helium is an essential element used in MRIs, air-to-missile guidance systems, and semiconductors. As such, a steady supply of helium is critical for the medical, defense, and energy industries. The United States is currently the world’s largest supplier of helium. The next largest producers are Qatar, Algeria, and Russia.

Historically, much of the American demand for helium has been satisfied by the Federal Helium Reserve. However, there are major concerns about the future of our domestic helium production. According to the Bureau of Land Management, the reserve has enough helium to meet about 40 percent of the domestic demand for the gas. Additionally, the Helium Stewardship Act of 2013 requires that by September 30, 2021, the reserve must be sold and the facility closed. Given the vast political, economic, and diplomatic uncertainty surrounding many the largest foreign suppliers of helium, it would be dangerous for America to become dependent on them.

Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT), Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, said, "With this bill, we seek responsible development of another critical natural resource that will provide increased American security, economic stability and domestic job creation. I thank Rep. Cook for his leadership on this important measure and look forward to working with the Senate to get it to the president’s desk.”

Rep. Cook said, “Helium has become irreplaceable in our space, defense, and medical industries. Without this bill, we could become dangerously dependent on unstable foreign countries for our supply of helium. This bill encourages the development of American sources of helium and will boost both our national security and economy. I’m grateful to the House for passing this bill and look forward to it becoming law.”

A member of the House Natural Resources, Armed Services, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.

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Rep. Cook Votes to Expand Sanctions against Iran

2017/10/26

WASHINGTON- Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) voted today for HR 1698, the Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act. This bill, which expands sanctions against Iran for its illicit ballistic missile program, passed the House of Representatives overwhelmingly.

H.R. 1698 requires the President to impose sanctions on foreign persons and entities involved with Iran’s ballistic missile program and those who provide or receive conventional weapons from Iran.

According to a 2016 Worldwide Threat Assessment, the U.S. intelligence community suggests, “that Tehran would choose ballistic missiles as its preferred method of delivering nuclear weapons, if it builds them. Iran’s ballistic missiles are inherently capable of delivering [weapons of mass destruction], and Tehran already has the largest inventory of ballistic missiles in the Middle East.”

Iran has conducted tests of ballistic missiles designed with the ability to deliver nuclear weapons and has acquired destabilizing types of conventional weapons.

Specifically, this legislation requires the President:

  • To report to Congress on the foreign and domestic supply chain in Iran that supports its ballistic missile program.
  • To impose sanctions against: (1) Iranian government agencies involved in ballistic missile development; (2) foreign entities that supply material for, or otherwise facilitate or finance such efforts; (3) foreign persons or foreign government agencies that import, export, or re-export prohibited arms or related material to or from Iran; and (4) foreign persons or entities that transfer goods or technologies contributing to Iran’s ability to acquire or develop ballistic missiles, including launch technology, and destabilizing numbers and types of advanced conventional weapons.
  • To investigate potential violations of these sanctions and report to Congress regarding credible information about Iran’s violations of arms restrictions.

Rep. Cook said, “Iran continues to show it’s a dangerous threat the United States and its allies. This legislation requires a thorough investigation into the suppliers of the regime’s weapons programs. Iran is the most serious threat we face in the Middle East, and if we don’t push back now, Iran’s reach, influence, and support for terrorists will plague the world for years to come.”  

A member of the House Armed Services, Natural Resources, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.

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Rep. Paul Cook Named Chairman of House Foreign Affairs Western Hemisphere Subcommittee

2017/10/26

WASHINGTON- Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) was named today as chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere by Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The move follows Rep. Jeff Duncan’s departure from the committee earlier this week.

The Western Hemisphere Subcommittee covers political relations between the US and other nations in North and South America. Specifically, the committee conducts oversight on regional institutions, US foreign assistance, regional activities of the United Nations, and all regional security pacts.

Royce said, “As a former Marine Corps colonel, Rep. Cook is deeply committed to defending U.S. interests worldwide. I look forward to working with him to continue holding the Castro and Maduro regimes accountable for their brutal repression, while increasing U.S. commercial opportunities throughout the hemisphere.”

Cook said, “There are conflicts and crises around the world, but we have tough challenges in our own backyard. With the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, I plan to help hold accountable rogue regimes in Venezuela and Cuba, support our allies in their struggle against the drug cartels, and find ways to promote security and economic prosperity across the hemisphere. I’m honored to further the good work of the subcommittee and the work of my friend and full-committee Chairman Ed Royce in promoting American interests in the Western Hemisphere.”  

A member of the House Armed Services, Natural Resources, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.

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Col. Paul Cook (ret.) was elected to serve in the US House of Representatives in November 2012.  He represents California’s 8th Congressional District which includes the high desert communities of San Bernardino County as well as Mono and Inyo counties.  He currently serves on the House Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, and Veterans’ Affairs committees.

An infantry officer who served with distinction in the United States Marine Corps and a veteran of the Vietnam War, Col. Cook’s military career spanned twenty-six years. His actions in combat earned him a number of honors, including two Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star Medal with a V for valor. He retired from the Marine Corps in 1992 as a colonel.

After retirement, Cook continued his service by seeking and winning a seat on the Yucca Valley Town Council, ultimately serving as Mayor. He became known for his commitment to conservative fiscal policies that protected working families from higher taxes.

In 2006, Cook’s neighbors elected him to represent them in the California State Assembly. Since then, he has distinguished himself by tackling some of the most important issues of the day, like fighting government corruption, reducing taxes, and increasing penalties on sex offenders who prey on children. As Chairman of the Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee, he has been a tireless advocate for veterans and military families.

Holding a lifelong commitment to education, Cook has taught history and political science at Copper Mountain College, California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB), and University of California, Riverside (UCR). He holds a master’s in political science from UCR and a master’s in public administration from CSUSB.

Cook has held leadership posts with his local United Way and Red Cross chapters and served as past Executive Director of the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and American Legion. He and his wife Jeanne reside in Yucca Valley.


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