By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– This week, Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) voted in favor of H.R. 4326, the Small and Disadvantaged Business Enhancement Act of 2016. This bill passed the House with overwhelming support.
For forty years, the Offices of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) have existed within federal agencies to ensure that small businesses are able to compete for federal contracts. H.R. 4326 ensures that these offices expand their services to provide assistance to service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSB) and small businesses located in historically underutilized business zones (HUBZones). Additionally, this bill gives the OSDBU access to data that will allow them to better detect abuse of government credit cards. HUBZones and the SDVOSB are new programs, created after the law establishing the OSDBU. This bill will ensure that veterans and businesses in struggling communities get the help they need to succeed.
Cook said, “As a combat veteran, it’s especially important to me to ensure we do everything we can to support veterans. This bill is an important step in ensuring that service-disabled veteran business owners have the resources they need to remain competitive and successful.”
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.