Paul Cook

Paul Cook

CALIFORNIA's 8th DISTRICT

Rep. Cook Announces Barstow Mayor’s Participation in White House Sanctuary State Roundtable

2018/05/16

WASHINGTON – Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) announced that Mayor Julie Hackbarth-McIntyre of Barstow is one of fifteen California local elected officials chosen to participate in a California Sanctuary State Roundtable with President Trump at the White House today.

Earlier this year, California passed SB 54, which severely limits state and local law enforcement from working with federal immigration authorities, effectively creating a “sanctuary state” that protects illegal immigrants from deportation. Following passage of the bill, the Trump administration sued California over the policy – a lawsuit many municipalities in Southern California have joined. In Cook’s District, Barstow, Yucaipa, Hesperia, and Highland have already taken votes voicing their opposition to the California law. Victorville and Adelanto are set to consider taking similar positions.

In an April 2018 editorial, Rep. Cook, a staunch opponent of the Sanctuary State law and of sanctuary city policies, called on local jurisdictions to weigh in with their opposition to the California policy. Cook is also cosponsor of HR 400, the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act, which would forbid most federal funding to cities and localities that refuse to comply with federal immigration law.

Rep. Cook said, “I applaud the Trump administration for leading the charge to stop this dangerous unconstitutional state law that puts our communities at risk. SB54 not only makes it harder for federal officials to remove violent criminals from our communities, but also turns the state into a magnet for gangs. I hope that local leaders like Mayor Hackbarth-McIntyre will continue to come forward and push back against these sanctuary state policies.”

Mayor Hackbarth-McIntyre said, “I’m honored that Rep. Cook nominated me to be among the officials to participate in this important discussion impacting communities like Barstow. This law puts put our safety at risk, protects criminals, and impedes law enforcement from doing their job. I’m looking forward to a productive and honest conversation with the President this afternoon about what can be done to stop this.”   

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 Improve Veterans' Healthcare

2018/05/16

Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) voted today in support of S. 2372, the VA Mission Act. The bill provides major reforms to VA. It passed the House with bipartisan support.

The bill strengthens and improves the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system for the approximately nine million veteran patients who utilize the system. The bill consolidates multiple community care VA programs, including the Choice Program, into one system that is easier to navigate for veterans, VA employees, and community partners. It will help to ensure that veterans are getting the right care at the right time with the right provider.

It also provides additional funding to sustain the Choice Program, which could be exhausted by the end of May. The Choice Program is one of several programs through which a Veteran can receive care from a community provider if he or she cannot receive care in a timely manner from a nearby VA facility. 

Additionally, S. 2372 expands eligibility for the VA’s Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers, which promotes and enhances veteran wellbeing for those who require the care and assistance of another. Post-9/11 veterans have benefitted greatly from this program and this bill ensures future veterans maintain access to it.

 Rep. Cook said, “Too often veterans get lost in bureaucracy of the VA, without receiving the help they have earned. This bipartisan bill will improve and expand critical care for our nation’s veterans and ensure that there’s no lapse in funding for the Choice program. I hope this critical bill is swiftly signed into law.”

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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Cook Statement on Western Hemisphere Language Included in FY19 NDAA

2018/05/11

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Paul Cook (CA-08), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, released a statement on the inclusion of his language in the FY19 National Defense Authorization Act, which was approved in Committee this week. Cook’s language provides more funding for U.S. counternarcotics support in the region, strengthens Congressional oversight of the Defense Department’s engagement with the Western Hemisphere, and increases U.S. efforts to address potential threats from  Iran, China, Russia, and North Korea, transnational criminal groups, and terrorist organizations in the region.

Chairman Cook: “U.S. military partnerships with Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and other key Latin American countries are critical to advancing regional security. The U.S. should remain the top defense partner of choice for the region, and I am firmly committed to working with the Trump Administration, colleagues in Congress, and regional leaders to ensure that we continue to build on our strong defense partnerships to achieve greater security successes together. The violence fueled by the illicit activities of criminals and state-sponsored terrorists undermines democracy and regional stability, and I want to see these organizations dismantled and the criminals brought to justice. We must do more with our partners to achieve results, especially related to drug trafficking, which is destabilizing the region and contributing to the suffering of Americans.”

*NOTE: Chairman Cook’s Western Hemisphere language can be found HERE and HERE.

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Rep. Cook Issues Statement on Iran

2018/05/08

WASHINGTON – Rep. Paul Cook (R- Apple Valley) issued the following statement today on President Trump's announcement that the United States was ending it's participation in the Iran Deal:

"Today's decision by President Trump to withdraw from the flawed Iran deal has been a long time coming. From day one, it was obvious that the deal lacked meaningful methods to verify Iranian compliance. The Obama Administration gave them billions of dollars in cash and sanctions relief, and in return, they continued to lie to the United States and the world about their intentions. It's long past time to reimpose sanctions, rally our allies to work together to develop a real plan to address Iranian aggression, and continue to apply pressure on Iran. Any agreement must verifiably dismantle the Iranian nuclear and missile programs as well as end its support for terrorism. I stand in strong support of working out a new deal promptly."

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 Supports New Urban Warfare Training Center

2018/05/03

WASHINGTON- Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) recently proposed language in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would require the Army to study the feasibility of building an Urban Warfare Training Center. The proposal directs the Secretary of the Army to submit a report outlining the Army’s plan to prepare its’ Soldiers to fight in a densely populated and complex urban setting, as well as the training required and equipment needed to operate in that type of environment.

Rep. Cook said, “As a former infantryman, I understand the need of our Armed Forces to look ahead and prepare for the next type of conflict should one occur. Our military is very proficient at so many tasks, but one area we need to take a closer look is how we’re preparing to fight in large urban centers. As populations around the globe continue to migrate and move towards metropolitan environments, the chances of our military experiencing a fight in those conditions is becoming more of a possibility. The more we train for that scenario now, the better we will be prepared. This proposal is a step in the right direction that will afford the Army the opportunity to look at training, manning, and equipping a force designed to fight in an urban environment.”

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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FAA to Move Nighttime Flights Away From Populated Areas

2018/04/26

WASHINGTON- Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) announced today that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will begin redirecting nighttime arrivals into Ontario International Airport through a new procedure labeled JCKIE that is designed to minimize nighttime impacts on residents in Lake Arrowhead. JCKIE is a new flight path that avoids direct flight over the region.

Rep. Cook has had multiple meetings with FAA officials to discuss what can be done to move the flight path away from populated areas. Through his efforts, along with those from Supervisor Janice Rutherford, Senator Dianne Feinstein, and Senator Kamala Harris, the FAA attended a community meeting in Lake Arrowhead in January to listen to community concerns and discuss potential solutions to an issue that has plagued Lake Arrowhead residents since April of 2017.

Rep. Cook said, “This change is a direct result of all those in the community, most notably members of Quiet Skies Lake Arrowhead, who wrote letters, sent emails, and circulated petitions to move the flight path. Since they brought this issue to my attention, I’ve worked closely with the FAA and my colleagues in Washington to find a solution. This change is the first step towards permanently relocating the flight pattern away from mountain communities. I hope that it provides some measure of relief to those affected by this problem, and I’ll continue to advocate for a permanent relocation of the flight pattern away from Lake Arrowhead and the surrounding communities.”

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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READOUT: Chairman Cook Leads Congressional Delegation to the Summit of the Americas in Peru

2018/04/18

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Paul Cook (CA-08), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, led an official Congressional Delegation to the Eighth Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru from April 13-16. The delegation met with the presidents of Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, and Peru and the foreign ministers of Chile and the CARICOM countries. The delegation also met with Acting Head of the OAS Mission of Support Against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH) Ana María Calderon, civil society leaders from Cuba and Venezuela, and members of the U.S. private sector. Following the Summit, the delegation visited Pucallpa, Peru to observe U.S.-supported efforts on manual coca eradication and alternative crop development.  

Chairman Cook on the visit to Peru: “The visit of nine bipartisan Members of Congress underscores U.S. commitment to stronger engagement with the Western Hemisphere. In every meeting, we emphasized the need to work together to address the Venezuela crisis and systemic corruption plaguing the region. We also reaffirmed our desire to increase U.S. cooperation with our Latin American and Caribbean partners and raised important defense, energy, trade, and business issues while urging countries to do more to address human trafficking and combat criminal groups that threaten regional stability. I commend President Vizcarra for bringing regional leaders together to commit to the Lima Convention’s 57 action points to address corruption and for maintaining a strong position on Venezuela with the Venezuela resolution, signed by 16 governments in the region.

“I hope we will see even more leadership from our partners to strengthen anti-corruption efforts and democratic governance in the region. Our conversations with brave Cuban and Venezuelan civil society leaders further reinforced our desire to see democratic governments in those countries, and I strongly condemn the Cuban regime for blocking the travel of certain dissidents to the Summit. Venezuela will require more action in the days ahead, and I urge countries to implement sanctions and visa bans on the Maduro regime, develop a regional humanitarian response plan, and coordinate a joint, unified withdrawal of ambassadors from Caracas until we see democracy restored. I fully support Vice President Pence’s announcement of an additional $16 million to assist Venezuelan refugees and the U.S. bid to host the next Summit in 2021, and I look forward to working with the Trump Administration and our partners on these issues in the months ahead.”

U.S. Congressional Delegation to Peru:

  • Chairman Paul Cook (CA-08)
  • Representative Gregory Meeks (NY-05)
  • Representative Ann Wagner (MO-02)
  • Representative Norma Torres (CA-35)
  • Representative Dave Reichert (WA-08)
  • Representative Alan Lowenthal (CA-47)
  • Representative Bradley Byrne (AL-01)
  • Representative Pete Aguilar (CA-31)
  • Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26)

Photos from the Trip:

   Delegation meets with President of Brazil Michel Temer

   Delegation meets with President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos

   Delegation meets with President of Costa Rica Luis Guillermo Solís

   Delegation meets with President of Honduras Juan Orlando Hernández

   Delegation meets with President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto

   Delegation meets with President of Peru Martín Vizcarra

   Delegation meets with the Foreign Minister of Chile Roberto Ampuero

   Delegation meets with Foreign Ministers of CARICOM Countries (Haiti, Belize, Barbados, Grenada,       Bahamas, Suriname, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad, Guyana, Jamaica,       Dominica, and St. Lucia attended)

 

 

   Delegation visits Pucallpa to observe U.S.-supported efforts on manual coca eradication and       alternative crop development. 

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Rep. Cook Votes for Balanced Budget Amendment

2018/04/12

WASHINGTON – Rep. Paul Cook (R- Apple Valley) today voted for H.J. Res. 2, the Balanced Budget Amendment. Despite winning a majority of the vote in the House, it failed to garner the required 2/3 vote to pass.

H.J. Res 2 would have amended the Constitution to require that Congress not spend more than it receives in revenue. It would have required a three-fifths vote of both legislative bodies to raise the limit on the debt, and would require the President to submit a proposed budget to Congress in which the proposed expenditures do not exceed total receipts. Congress could still waive these requirements for any year that the United States is engaged in military conflict that causes an imminent and serious military threat to national security and is declared so by both the Senate and the House.

Rep. Cook said, “I’m disappointed that the Balanced Budget Amendment couldn’t get enough votes to pass. Our national debt is now over $20 trillion. Federal spending needs to be reined in and this would force the federal government to live within its means instead of saddling future generations with more and more debt. I hope that we can bring this up again and pass it.”

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 Applauds National Park Decision to Abandon Massive Admission Fee Increase

2018/04/12

WASHINGTON – Rep. Paul Cook (R- Apple Valley) today welcomed news from the National Park Service that it has abandoned a plan for massive fee increases.

The National Park Service cited the “need to modestly increase entrance fees to raise additional revenue to address the $11.6 billion in deferred maintenance across the system of 417 parks, historic and cultural sites, and monuments” in justifying the much smaller fee increase.

Earlier this year, there was a proposal to increase the cost of a seven-day vehicle pass at Joshua Tree National Park from the current $20 to as much as $75. Today’s announcement means that entrance fees starting June 1, 2018 will be $25 instead.

Rep. Cook said, “It’s important that we keep our national parks accessible. I’m glad that the Park Service listened to comments from the public and abandoned plans to massively increase fees on visitors to Joshua Tree National Park. Instead, the park will implement a much more affordable $5 increase that will help it deal with critical maintenance issues, while also ensuring that Joshua Tree National Park continues to be affordable.”

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 Increase Penalties for Online Predators

2018/04/10

WASHINGTON – Rep. Paul Cook (R- Apple Valley) today voted for HR 4203, the Combat Online Predators Act. The bill passed the House overwhelmingly.

HR 4203 amends the federal code to increase the maximum prison term for a stalking offense by five additional years if the victim is under 18 years of age. It also requires the Attorney General to issue a report on best practices on the enforcement of state, local, tribal, and federal stalking laws.

Stalking is any repeated and unwanted contact that’s makes someone feel unsafe. While stalkers can be strangers, most often stalkers are known to their victim. Often stalking gets worse or can even lead to violence over time.

The use of technology to stalk, sometimes called “cyberstalking,” involves using the Internet, email, or other electronic communications to stalk someone. Some examples of cyberstalking include:

  • Sending unwanted, frightening, or obscene emails, text messages, or instant messages (IMs)
  • Harassing or threatening on social media
  • Tracking computer and Internet use
  • Using technology such as GPS to track people

Rep. Cook said, “We need to do more to protect our children from stalking. As potentially dangerous individuals find new ways to stalk their victims, we need to ensure that our laws are keeping up with technological advances. This makes important changes to help keep our children safe and ensure that those who prey on them are being punished.”

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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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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