Rep. Paul Cook Votes to Fight Hunger
WASHINGTON – Rep. Paul Cook (R- Apple Valley) voted for H.R. 644, the Fighting Hunger Incentive Act. This bill makes permanent the enhanced deduction for charitable contributions by businesses.
This legislation will allow tax-free distributions from IRA accounts for charitable purposes. Allowing for these tax-free distributions encourages contributions to local food banks by making permanent a food inventory donation provision in the tax code.
Cook said, “This bill promotes charitable giving and makes it less expensive. When families and businesses can give more, the people that need it the most benefit more.”
A member of the House Natural Resources, Armed Services, 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.