Rep. Paul Cook Joins the Congressional Venezuela Democracy Caucus to Aid the Venezuelan People

By on November 25, 2019
Rep. Paul Cook

Yucaipa’s U.S. Congressional Representative Paul Cook recently announced that he has joined the Congressional Venezuela Democracy Caucus. The caucus was created to support freedom and the return of democracy to the Venezuelan people who have endured years of suffering under an authoritarian regime.

The United Nations (U.N.) has indicated that more than 4 million Venezuelans have fled the country while the more than 94 percent of people who remain in the country live in poverty. The ruling Maduro regime is, and has, committed egregious human rights violations against protestors and pro-democracy activists, including physical torture, disappearances, and politically-motivated killings. The U.N. also reports that the brutal regimes of Cuba, Russia, Iran, and China remain present in the country, adding fuel to Venezuela’s crisis at the expense of its people and threatening U.S. national security.

Although the Venezuelan people have enjoyed steadfast, bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress in past years, Rep. Cook has said, “The United States must stand strong against human rights abuses, authoritarianism, and severe deprivation. I’m proud to join the bipartisan Congressional Venezuela Democracy Caucus and support its goals. My colleagues and I will work together to advocate policies that address the severe political and humanitarian crisis and promote freedom for the Venezuelan people.”

Rep. Cook served as an infantry officer and retired as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps after 26 years in service. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. Rep. Cook is currently a member of the House Natural Resources and Armed Services Committees.

Rep. Cook maintains a field office at 34282 Yucaipa Blvd. in Yucaipa. Please call 909-797-4900 to determine the hours the office is open.