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Office of Representative Tom Cole (R-OK-04)
Representative Tom Cole (R-OK-04), a member of the House Appropriations Committee since 2009, released the following statement after it was announced that he will hold two leadership roles on the committee in the 116th Congress. Cole will continue to serve as the top Republican leader of the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies. He was also appointed by House Appropriations Ranking Member Kay Granger to serve as Vice Ranking Member of the committee.
“I look forward to continuing to serve on the House Appropriations Committee,” said Congressman Cole. “While this era of divided government will continue to present challenges, I believe that we can still achieve conservative wins for the American people. I am honored by the opportunity to support my friend Kay Granger’s leadership and to work closely with a great team of Republican colleagues.”
“Tom Cole is not only an insightful member and effective communicator, he is a skilled and learned negotiator with a real talent for finding areas of agreement,” said Ranking Member Granger. “I look forward to working with him as we seek to ensure the priorities of the American people are reflected in the work of the House Appropriations Committee.”
Link to original announcement here.
Congressman Cole also released the following statement in support of President Donald Trump’s effort to compromise with Democrats, secure the border, provide legal status to recipients of DACA and reopen the government.
“Today, President Trump outlined a real compromise to end the partial government shutdown, demonstrating his willingness to negotiate in good faith. The plan includes things both sides agree need to be solved,” said Cole. “It would provide legal status for DACA recipients—something that Democrats have long demanded. In addition, it would provide money for physical barriers, technology, infrastructure and personnel that are much needed to secure our southern border. Finally, it would immediately reopen the government, so negotiations on other matters of national importance can proceed.
“Thus far, Democrats have been determined to put political fights ahead of the critical need to strengthen border security. President Trump is clearly trying to negotiate in good faith with Democratic leadership in order to end this painful government shutdown. For the good of the entire country, I hope Democrats finally come to their senses, work with Republicans and the president to enact real solutions and finally reopen the government.”