Rep. Cook Urges California Governor to Provide COVID-19 Relief Funds to Small and Midsize Counties

By on May 11, 2020
Rep. Paul Cook

Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) joined a bipartisan group of congressmembers in sending a letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom requesting the state provide COVID-19 relief funding to small and midsize counties. Other signers of the letter include Representatives Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara), Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale), Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael), Mike Thompson (D-St. Helena), and Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley).

The letter requests guidance from the Governor on how counties and cities with populations of less than 500,000 can access the federal relief money provided to the state as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Per the CARES Act, the U.S. Treasury provided the State of California with $15.3 billion, while also providing money directly to counties and cities with populations over 500,000. Mono, Inyo, and 40 other counties in the state do not meet the population threshold required to receive direct federal assistance.

Rep. Cook said, “People living in smaller counties deserve the same level of assistance as those living in large counties. Congress intended for the money provided to the State of California to be passed down, in part, to areas that didn’t receive money directly, not for the money to remain idle in Sacramento. My colleagues and I call on the Governor to act swiftly in delivering these federal dollars to smaller counties, as local governments, not the state, are performing the bulk of the work related to COVID-19 detection, prevention, and treatment.”

To view a copy of the letter, please click HERE.

Rep. Cook is also working on bipartisan legislation to deliver additional funding to smaller counties.

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.