Rep. Cook Votes to Stop Government Abuse


By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)–Today, Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) voted on legislation to stop government abuse. With scandals in the IRS, NSA, and numerous other government agencies, the House of Representatives has taken up legislation designed to protect citizens from this government fraud and abuse.

The following bills included in today’s vote series were:

H.R. 1211, the “Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Oversight and Implementation Act of 2014,” which directs federal agencies to process FOIA requests with a presumption of openness. This will place the burden on the government to justify withholding information, rather than on the private citizens requesting information. Additionally it creates a pilot FOIA online program. This will allow the American people to submit requests at one location online, and for agencies to publicly respond.

H.R. 1423, the “Taxpayers Right-to-Know Act,” requires every federal agency to provide taxpayers an annual report card on all of its programs. These must provide information about administrative costs and staffing, expenditures for services, and the number of program recipients.

H.R. 2531, the “Protecting Taxpayers from Intrusive Internal Revenue Service’s Requests Act,” prevents the IRS from inquiring about an individual’s religious, political, or social beliefs.

Cook said, “Government needs to be open and act honestly with taxpayers about what’s on the books. I’m fighting to end IRS targeting of citizens for their religious and political beliefs, to eliminate excessive government regulations, and to empower citizens to get timely answers from their government. Sluggish job growth, soaring health care costs, and an out-of-control government are not what hardworking Americans deserve.”

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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