Rep. Cook Votes for National Security Authorization 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.
The final bill, which was negotiated through both the House and the Senate, has several provisions which restore military readiness, provide for our troops, and protect our national security against threats both at home and abroad.
The bill increases the size of the military, fully funds a 2.6% pay raise for our troops, and extends bonuses for service members in high-demand fields. In addition, the bill provides increased training for our troops, rebuilds critical infrastructure, and makes important bureaucratic reforms to ensure that our military is efficient. It also strengthens cyber defense and prioritizes the readiness of US Cyber Command.
HR 5515 also includes language Rep. Cook specifically proposed including a prohibition on the acquisition of sensitive materials from China, Russia, Iran and North Korea. He also successfully pushed for language that highlights the Army’s need to build a large urban training center for large scale exercises that prepare our soldiers to fight in tomorrow’s dense urban environments.
Rep. Cook said, “I’m proud to have been an integral part of drafting this year’s national security bill. I thank House Armed Services Chairman Thornberry for appointing me to this year’s conference committee. This bill gives our troops the support and resources they deserve and ensures that we are taking steps to ensure military readiness in the face of increased threats. This year’s national security bill also includes language I drafted to advance important projects in my district. I look forward to seeing the President sign it 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.