Rep. Cook Votes for Annual National Security Bill
WASHINGTON- Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) voted for HR 5515, the annual national security authorization bill. The bill passed the House overwhelmingly with bipartisan support.
This year’s bill takes several vital steps to strengthen the readiness of our military and protect our national security. Included in the bill is a 2.6% pay increase for our troops, the largest in 9 years. It also makes significant reforms to the Pentagon bureaucracy and makes key investments in other critical military capabilities to confront aggression and address threats around the world, including threats from Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea.
Also included in the bill is an amendment cosponsored by Rep. Cook that supports efforts to increase domestic production of our Nation’s strategic and critical minerals. As one of our nation’s largest consumers of metals and minerals, the US Department of Defense uses as much as 750,000 tons of minerals per year. These metals are key ingredients for military technology as well as other strategic readiness components such as medical devices, energy infrastructure, and roads.
Rep. Cook said, “As the world has grown more dangerous, our national security has continued to be put at risk. This bill finally gives our troops the support and resources they deserve. It provides our men and women in uniform with a much-deserved pay raise and provides critical funding to rebuild our military so that we can protect our national security both at home and abroad. It also includes an important amendment that will streamline the development of critical minerals here at home so we aren’t dependent on other nations to provide these minerals which are necessary for our national defense. I look forward to seeing it 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.