By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) announced today that he has signed on as a cosponsor to H.R. 3086, the “Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act.” This important legislation will keep internet access affordable, drive innovation, and promote access to the internet as a critical gateway to jobs, education, healthcare, and entrepreneurial opportunities.
This bill will permanently prevent state and local governments from imposing new taxes on internet access or imposing multiple or discriminatory taxes on e-commerce. This would make permanent the existing provisions of the Internet Tax Freedom Act enacted in 1998.
Said Cook, “Access to the internet is critical for working families. Keeping the internet tax free ensures that this valuable tool remains affordable for millions of Americans. The internet has been an engine of economic growth, and as long as it remains free from the stifling effects of over-taxation, it will continue to expand our economy.”
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.