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WASHINGTON – Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) today voted for H.R. 2842, The Accelerating Individuals into the Workforce Act. The bill passed the House of Representatives by an overwhelming bipartisan margin.
This bill connects low-income Americans looking for work with employers looking to fill job openings, including through apprenticeships and other forms of on-the-job training. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than 6 million job openings, the highest levels since the government started tracking this data in 2000.
WASHINGTON –Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) announced that President Trump has signed into law his bill, HR 244, the HIRE Vets Act of 2017. The bill passed the House of Representatives overwhelmingly in February and passed the Senate on unanimous consent in March. Rep. Cook had reintroduced this bipartisan bill earlier this year.
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) voted for HR 1694, the “Fannie and Freddie Open Records Act.” The bill passed the House unanimously.
Supervised by the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac perform an important role in the nation’s housing finance system, providing liquidity, stability, and affordability to the mortgage market, and they provide access of capital to the thousands of banks, savings and loans, and mortgage companies that make loans to finance housing.
WASHINGTON – Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands held a legislative hearing on HR 497, the Santa Ana River Wash Land Plan Exchange Act. This bill, which is authored by Rep. Cook (R-Apple Valley) and co-authored by Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands), authorizes an exchange of land between the San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District (SBVWCD) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
WASHINGTON- Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) announced the US Senate has passed his bill, HR 244, the Hire Vets Act of 2017. The bill already passed the House of Representatives overwhelmingly in February. Rep. Cook had reintroduced this bipartisan bill earlier this year. It was introduced last Congress and passed the House with unanimous support, but was unable to pass the Senate before the end of the year. The bill now heads back to the House for final passage as the Senate made minor technical changes to it.
WASHINGTON – Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) reintroduced HR 1399, the American Soda Ash Competitiveness Act. Soda ash, or Sodium Carbonate, is used to manufacture glass and produce chemicals, detergents, paper, and other products. This bill would set the royalties collected on soda ash at a two percent rate for five years. The bill had been introduced in the previous session of Congress, but was not voted on by the full House of Representatives.
WASHINGTON- Today, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to pass HR 244, the HIRE Vets Act of 2017. Rep. Paul Cook (R- Apple Valley) reintroduced this bipartisan bill earlier this year. It was introduced last Congress and passed the House with unanimous support, but was unable to pass the Senate before the end of the year.
WASHINGTON - Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) and Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) reintroduced HR 917, the Secure E-waste Export and Recycling Act (SEERA). This national security bill stops the flow of e-waste to China and other countries that regularly counterfeit electronics. The bill will ensure that such waste does not become the source of counterfeit goods that may reenter military and civilian electronics in the United States.
WASHINGTON- Rep. Paul Cook (R- Apple Valley) voted for H.R. 5, the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017. The bill passed the House by a 238-183 margin.
H.R. 5 takes aim at the problem of overreaching federal regulation by eliminating excessive red tape and regulations, lifting an unnecessary burden on hardworking Americans, and promoting jobs, innovation, and economic growth. The legislation brings together six separate reform bills that passed the House previously with bipartisan support.
WASHINGTON- Today, Rep. Paul Cook’s (R- Apple Valley) bill HR 3286, the HIRE Vets Act of 2016, passed unanimously on the House floor. This bipartisan bill would promote private sector recruiting, hiring, and retaining of men and women who served honorably in the U.S. military through a voluntary and effective program. Specifically, it would create an awards program recognizing the meaningful, verifiable efforts undertaken by employers – both large and small – to hire and retain veterans.