U.S. Congressman Paul Cook | In The News
District Update | May 14, 2019
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Congressman Cook Participates in Hearing on Wildfire Prevention and Cosponsors Resilient Fires Act of 2019
Last week, the Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands held a hearing on “Wildfire Resilient Communities.” Congressman Paul Cook, a member of the Subcommittee, attended the hearing.

The 2018 wildfire season was the most destructive wildfire season on record in California. The deadliest wildfire, Camp Wildfire, which occurred in the Butte County Town of Paradise, killed at least 85 people and burned more than 14,000 structures. In total, California wildfires in 2018 caused at least $3.5 billion in damages.

Earlier last week, Congressman Cook cosponsored the Resilient Federal Forest Act of 2019. The legislation addresses the growing economic and environmental threats of catastrophic wildfires. It combines critical forest management reforms and necessary regulatory streamlining to improve the health and resiliency of our nation’s forests. It also provides federal land management agencies with tools to increase the pace, scale, and cost efficiency of forest management projects without sacrificing environmental protections.

Today’s hearing featured several witnesses including El Dorado County Supervisor Brian Veerkamp, who retired after 31 years in the Fire and Emergency Services field. In Veerkamps’s testimony, he said, “The best way to create fire resilient communities is to put the money and efforts on preventative management work. This practice may take hard work, but will be much less devastating to the environment than a massive wildfire would be. The simple fixes that used to be done, must be re-implemented. We need to do the necessary work up front, thus providing safe, resilient communities and forests.”

After the hearing, Congressman Cook said, “After last year’s horrific wildfires in California, it’s clear we need to do more to combat the threat of future wildfires and minimize the damage done to the environment. My vastly rural district is particularly susceptible to wildfires, which is why I cosponsored the Resilient Federal Forests Act. The legislation implements common-sense reforms to ensure the long-term health of our forests. I look forward to working with Congressman Westerman to advocate for this bill as it moves through Congress.”

This Week In Congress
1) H.R. 299 - Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Mark Takano / Veterans Affairs Committee)

2) H.R. 2379 - To reauthorize the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Bill Pascrell / Judiciary Committee)

3) H.R. 1999 - FLAG Act of 2019 (Sponsored by Rep. Hakeem Jeffries / Judiciary Committee)

4) H.R. 1594 - First Responder Access to Innovative Technologies Act (Sponsored by Rep. Donald Payne / Homeland Security Committee)

5) H.R. 1313 - Transit Security Grant Program Flexibility Act (Sponsored by Rep. Peter King / Homeland Security Committee)

6) H.R. 1437 - Securing Department of Homeland Security Firearms Act of 2019 (Sponsored by Rep. Luis Correa / Homeland Security Committee)

7) H.R. 1912 - DHS Acquisition Documentation Integrity Act of 2019 (Sponsored by Rep. Xochitl Torres Small / Homeland Security Committee)

8) H.R. 1892 - Quadrennial Homeland Security Review Technical Corrections Act of 2019 (Sponsored by Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman / Homeland Security Committee)

9) H.R. 2066 - DHS Intelligence Rotational Assignment Program of 2019 (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Gallagher / Homeland Security Committee)

10) H.R. 2578 - National Flood Insurance Program Extension Act of 2019 (Sponsored by Rep. Maxine Waters / Financial Services Committee)

11) H.R. 389 - Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Rewards Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Stephen Lynch / Financial Services Committee)

12) H.R. 1060 - BUILD Act (Sponsored by Rep. Barry Loudermilk / Financial Services Committee)

13) H.R. 1037 - Banking Transparency for Sanctioned Persons Act of 2019 (Sponsored by Rep. Denver Riggleman / Financial Services Committee)

14) H.R. 375 - To amend the Act of June 18, 1934, to reaffirm the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to take land into trust for Indian Tribes, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Cole / Natural Resources Committee)

15) H.R. 312 - Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act (Sponsored by Rep. William Keating / Natural Resources Committee)

16) H.R. 987 - MORE Health Education Act (Sponsored by Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester / Energy and Commerce Committee)

17) H.R. 5 - Equality Act (Sponsored by Rep. David Cicilline / Judiciary Committee)

Mercy Air Ribbon Cutting
Last week, Mercy Air celebrated their 30th Anniversary at the Victorville Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon cutting ceremony. My Field Representative, Christopher Porter, attended the event and presented a certificate to them.

Mercy Air provides emergency air medical transport services to our community. Their pilots, clinicians, mechanics, air communications specialists, support teams, and many others are all part of the crucial team that has helped millions of people see another tomorrow.

Neighborhood Clean-Up

Alzheimer's Community Forum
Time and Location
Wednesday, May 29 at 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
IEHP Resource Center in Victorville
12353 Mariposa Road, Unit C2 and C3
Victorville, CA 92395

Join them for a community discussion to explore how the Alzheimer’s Association can best support people in your area.

Participants will have an opportunity to:
• Learn about the programs and services provided by the Alzheimer’s Association
• Discuss how Alzheimer’s & dementia impacts your community and what can be done to help
• Find out how you can get involved

Light refreshments provided.

RSVP required.
Call (800)-272-3900

My office is here to help you. If you or someone you know needs help with the Veterans' Administration please call my Apple Valley District Office at (760) 247-1815.

Inland Empire Veteran Career Fair

Vietnam War Commemoration Picnic

Work for Warriors

Military Services and Family Support Program
The Military Services and Family Support (MSFS) program is offered through the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), which was passed by California voters in 2004 and enacted in January 2005. Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) is a component of MHSA which manages the MSFS program.

The MSFS program provides free in-home or community based screenings and assessments, family interventions, and rehabilitative support for military families in San Bernardino County. This approach increases the likelihood that military personnel will utilize services while also reducing stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness or seeking services.

The MSFS program services will be provided to the following population who are at risk or are experiencing the early onset of a serious mental illness:

 - Active military members
 - Service members of the Reserves and National Guard
 - Recently retired military/veterans who served on or after September 11, 2001
 - Military family members including children, transitional age youth, and adults

Services include:

 - Mental health and substance abuse screening
 - Case management, education, and support
 - Individual and group interventions
 - Substance abuse prevention
 - Individual, family, and couples counseling
 - Short term mental health services for those experiencing the early onset of mental illness

For more information, please visit the San Bernardino County Behavioral Health page.

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