Rep. Paul Cook Votes to Support the People of Iran
WASHINGTON- Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) voted today for H. Res 676, supporting the rights of the people of Iran to free expression and condemning the Iranian regime for its crackdown on legitimate protest. Cook is a cosponsor of this bipartisan resolution, which passed the House overwhelmingly.
Since December 28, tens of thousands of protestors have taken to the streets across Iran to demonstrate and express their displeasure with the Iranian regime. This is the largest outpouring of opposition to the Iranian regime since the volatile 2009 presidential election. Protestors have expressed grievances over the economy, corruption, and the role of the Revolutionary Guard Corps in Iran.
H. Res 676 expresses a sense of Congress supporting the people of Iran that are engaged in legitimate and peaceful protests against an oppressive, corrupt regime. It further condemns the Iranian regime’s human rights abuses against the Iranian people and urges the administration to use targeted sanctions to condemn the on-going human rights violations. Recent reports have indicated that over 1,000 Iranians have been arrested and two dozen killed in connection with the protests. Additionally, the Iranian regime has cut off mobile internet access and social media applications that are used by activists to publicize and organize protests
Rep. Cook said, “This resolution expresses our unwavering support for the Iranian people and their basic human rights. The young men and women of Iran who sparked these protests are fed up with the Ayatollah and his corrupt and tyrannical regime, and they’re more connected to each other and the outside world than ever before. They recognize that a better alternative exists if they can cast off the Ayatollah’s shackles. We should help them achieve that goal.”
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.