Congressional Annual Art Contest & Other Rep. Cook NewsThe Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, more than 700,000 high school students have been involved with this nationwide competition. The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in the 8th District. Students will work through the art teachers at their high school to submit works to the competition. The winning artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol complex for one year. In addition, second place will be displayed in Congressman Cook’s Capitol Office, and the third place selection will be on display in the Apple Valley District Office. All artwork must be submitted by April 10, 2015. Art work entered in the contest may be up to 28 inches by 28 inches (including the frame) and may be up to 4 inches in depth. The submission may be: Paintings – including oil, acrylics, and watercolor; Drawings – including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers; Collage; Prints – including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints; Mixed Media; Computer Generated Art; or Photography. All entries must be an original in concept, design, and execution. If you would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition, please contact Cameron Wessel in Congressman Cook’s District Office at 760-247-1815.
Cook Appointed to Serve as Vice-Chair of Armed Services SubcommitteeRep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, has announced the Subcommittee Vice Chairs for the House Armed Services Committee. When appointing the Vice Chairmen, Thornberry said: “Our country has never faced a strategic environment as complex and multi-faceted as we face today. Shaping a military that is equipped to face this environment will require a diligent effort from Congress. With all these threats, this expanded Committee leadership team will work to support our troops and shape our strategy. ” Among those Thornberry appointed was, Rep. Paul Cook as Vice-Chair of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee. Cook will work closely with the Chair of the Committee, Rep. Michael Turner (R-OH). Cook said, “I want to thank Chairman Thornberry for this very important appointment. I know the importance of making sure our troops are combat ready. I look forward to working with Mr. Turner, the subcommittee Chair and the ranking member, Ms. Sanchez.” The Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee conducts oversight of ammunition programs, Army and Air Force acquisition programs, all Navy and Marine Corps aviation programs, and National Guard and Army and Air Force National Guard and Reserve. This subcommittee authorizes programs to ensure that America’s soldiers and airmen are fully equipped to carry out their missions and keep our nation safe.
Cook Introduces Bill to Ensure Effectiveness of Veterans ProgramsRep. Paul Cook and Rep. Dina Titus (D- NV) re-introduced the “Veterans Employment and Training Service Longitudinal Study Act of 2015”, a bill to ensure veterans are receiving effective and successful employment training services. This bipartisan bill authorizes an independent organization to collect and analyze data on the effectiveness of the Department of Labor’s Veterans Employment Training Service (VETS). The study will focus on veterans who have received intensive services from two programs under VETS, the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) and the Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVER). Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) specialists provide intensive services to meet the employment needs of disabled veterans and other eligible veterans. Their primary focus is on veterans who are economically or educationally disadvantaged, including homeless veterans, and veterans with barriers to employment. Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVER) conduct outreach to employers and focus on increasing and promoting employment the hiring of veterans. The study will track the employment status of veterans who have received these services, determine if the program contributed to their employment, monitor the employment retention rate, and determine if the services provided helped them increase their average earnings. A report on the findings will be presented to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs in the House and Senate every year for the next five years. The study’s findings will allow Congress to make improvements to these programs and more efficiently spend taxpayer dollars.