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Cole Joins Letter in Defense of Longstanding Pro-Life Protections

April 7, 2021
Press Release

Moore, OK – Today, Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) joined other Republican members of the House Appropriations Committee in sending a letter to Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) urging the majority to keep all existing pro-life protections in the fiscal year 2022 appropriations bills. The letter, led by Ranking Member Kay Granger (TX-12), comes as the Biden Administration prepares the discretionary budget request for fiscal year 2022 and the committee starts the annual appropriations process. Cole is Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies and Vice Ranking Member of the full committee.  

“For more than four decades, across multiple Administrations and Congresses led by both Democrats and Republicans, language has been included in the Labor-Health and Human Services Appropriations bill that restricts federal taxpayer funding for abortion under most circumstances.

“These provisions reflect a time-tested balance of strongly held and differing perspectives on abortion in this country. As such, we will strongly oppose any appropriations bill that seeks to weaken pro-life protections or eliminates Hyde policies.”

Read the full letter here.