Congressman Paul Cook

Representing the 8th District of California
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Rep. Paul Cook Prepares to Vote on Bills to Rein In Government

Jul 30, 2013
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 30, 2013

WASHINGTON – Rep. Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) this week will vote on a number of bills designed to rein in government spending and power. The package of bills is being touted as “Stop Government Abuse Week.”

One of the most significant pieces of legislation being voted on this week is H.R. 367, the Regulations from the Executive In Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act. The REINS Act would help stop wasteful government spending by requiring federal agencies to get Congressional approval for any regulations that would cost more than $100 million.

Cook said, “The government has completely lost touch with the fact that it exists to serve the people. It seems that every week we hear a new story about the out-of-control spending inside the federal government. Meanwhile, the average American is struggling to make ends meet. There’s no excuse for this kind of disconnect between the government and the people, and it’s time we fix it.”

The House of Representatives will also consider H.R. 313, the Government Spending Accountability Act, which places limits on federal agencies using taxpayer money to fund and attend expensive conferences. H.R. 1541, the Common Sense in Compensation Act, would place limits on the size and number of bonuses that senior bureaucrats may receive. Together these bills, along with a number of others, would check federal power and reduce spending.

Cook stated, “This week will serve as a wakeup call to a federal government that has forgotten the needs of its citizens. Government should be by the people, for the people. What I’ve noticed over the past several years is a federal government that exists to further itself at the expense of our liberties and financial freedom. It’s time we reclaim our government.”

A member of the House Armed Services, Veterans' Affairs, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook is a former educator who served as an infantry officer and retired as a Colonel after 26 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was awarded the Bronze Star medal with valor device and two Purple Hearts for actions in combat.