Congressman Paul Cook

Representing the 8th District of California
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Rep. Paul Cook Votes To Protect American Manufacturing

Nov 20, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON- Today, Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) voted in favor of H.R. 4795, the Promoting New Manufacturing Act. This bill helps businesses comply with new or revised air quality standards from the EPA and will reduce delays in the preconstruction permitting process for new factories and expansion projects.

The Promoting New Manufacturing Act increases transparency by creating a dashboard for the number of permits issued annually and timelines for final preconstruction permit decisions. It reduces permit delays by ensuring the EPA provides timely guidelines about how to comply with air quality standards affecting the permit applications. This bill also promotes more efficient processing of permits by requiring the EPA to send a report to Congress every year on the actions the agency is taking to expedite the permitting process.

Cook said, “This commonsense bill is about putting Americans back to work. This legislation reduces job-killing regulations by streamlining the permitting process. The Promoting New Manufacturing Act is critical to growing America’s manufacturing industry. I urge the Senate to pass this bill to boost our economy and create good-paying American jobs.”

A member of the House Armed Services, Veterans' Affairs, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook 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.