Rep. Cook Votes for Critical California Drought Relief Legislation


By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Yesterday, Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) voted for H.R. 3964, the “Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act.” This vital piece of legislation addresses the drought in California by cutting through the bureaucratic red tape, which has prevented timely water delivery to Southern California. Rep. Cook is an original cosponsor of this important bill.

California has been in a man-made drought as a result of federal regulations and environmental lawsuits for years. The recent lack of rainfall has severely exacerbated this drought and on January 17, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for California.

Said Cook, “This solution restores some water deliveries, ensures a reliable water supply, and saves taxpayer money by eliminating unnecessary government regulations. It’s possible to protect the environment while ensuring that California farmers and communities have access to a safe and reliable water supply. This bill restores balance to California water policy.”

A member of the House Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, Veterans’ 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.

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