Congressman Paul Cook

Representing the 8th District of California
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Rep. Cook Supports Additional Coronavirus Relief Package

Apr 23, 2020
Press Release

Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) expressed his support for HR 266, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, which passed the House today with overwhelming bipartisan support. The legislation passed the Senate on Tuesday, and President Trump is expected to sign the bill into law.

HR 266 delivers continued critical funding to address the effects of the Coronavirus. It provides nearly $500 billion in additional funding to support small businesses and healthcare providers and for additional testing.

Specifically, the bill replenishes emergency funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which provides critical small business loans and grants. Funding for this program, recently depleted, allows businesses to keep workers on payroll during the quarantine. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin estimated that the PPP has already saved more than 30 million American jobs.

In addition to funding for small businesses, this legislation also supports hospitals and healthcare workers by providing funds to reimburse hospitals and healthcare providers for lost revenues and expenses related to the Coronavirus. It also expands testing which will help identify areas where new cases are occurring.

Although Rep. Cook was not present for the vote, he filed an entry for the Congressional Record, indicating his support for this legislation.

Rep. Cook said, “The COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the lives of Americans. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and we need to provide the support necessary to keep them afloat. While we’re making progress in combatting the virus, it’s critical that we protect the economic health of our small businesses and workers, as well as the physical health of all Americans.”

A member of the House Natural Resources and Armed Services Committees, Congressman 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.