Rep. Cook Supports Additional Coronavirus Relief Package

By on April 25, 2020
Rep. Paul Cook

Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) announced his support for HR 266, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, which passed the House earlier this week with overwhelming bipartisan support. The legislation was then signed by President Trump yesterday.

HR 266 provides nearly $500 billion in additional funding to support small businesses and healthcare providers and for additional testing of the Coronavirus.

Specifically, the bill replenishes emergency funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which provides critical small business loans and grants. The first round of funding for this program ran out on April 16.

In addition to funding for small businesses, this legislation also supports hospitals and healthcare workers by providing funds to reimburse hospitals and healthcare providers for lost revenues and expenses related to the Coronavirus. It also expands testing which will help identify areas where new cases are occurring.

Although Rep. Cook was not present for the vote, he filed an entry for the Congressional Record, indicating his support for this legislation.

Rep. Cook said, “The COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the lives of Americans. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and we need to provide the support necessary to keep them afloat. While we’re making progress in combatting the virus, it’s critical that we protect the economic health of our small businesses and workers, as well as the physical health of all Americans.”

A member of the House Natural Resources and Armed Services Committees, Congressman 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.