Rep. Paul Cook Issues Statement on HEROES Act
WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act. Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) voted against the bill and issued the following statement:
"COVID-19 is an unprecedented challenge. While we’ve made progress in combatting this health emergency and providing economic assistance to most Americans, HR 6800 wastes precious time and money. This bill is a $3 trillion grab-bag of priorities, many of which are disconnected from COVID-19, such as allowing banking for the marijuana industry and instituting partisan election preferences nationwide. Even more troublesome, it provides a get-out-of-jail-free card to dangerous criminals, putting our communities at risk. Additionally by removing the requirement to provide a valid Social Security Number to receive stimulus benefits, it opens the door to fraud and would provide taxpayer-funded dollars to those who have entered the country illegally. Rather than working in a bipartisan manner to help American families and small businesses, the House majority had chosen to put forward an unfocused partisan ‘wish list’ that has no chance of becoming law.”
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.