Cole Opposes Partisan FY22 Appropriations in House
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04), Vice Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives considered annual funding bills for fiscal year 2022. Advanced along party lines, the legislation passed by Democrats this week included H.R. 4502, a seven-bill package, along with H.R. 4373 and H.R. 4346. Together, the legislation covers nine of the 12 annual federal government funding bills.
“Although there are certain items and priorities that I support in the annual appropriations bills pushed through the House by Democrats this week, each piece of legislation advanced is largely flawed, unworkable, unrealistic and destined for failure,” said Cole. “Unfortunately, Democrats in the House Appropriations Committee ensured that all of their reported bills would be doomed from the start by severely underfunding defense, overfunding domestic programs and removing longstanding, bipartisan language that saves lives and protects the conscience rights of all Americans.
“Unless key pro-life protections are restored and bipartisan agreement is struck on funding levels, Republicans cannot come to the table or vote on final appropriations. Moreover, Senate Democrats do not have the votes needed to further advance these bills to the president’s desk on their own. At the end of the day, if Democrats continue to refuse to compromise and fail to work with Republicans, in either chamber, then they will have only themselves to blame. And they will bear the responsibility for the inevitable consequences: a continuing resolution, or even worse, a government shutdown. The American people deserve better.”
During debate on the rule for H.R. 4502, Cole made opposing remarks, explaining his opposition to the underlying legislative package as well as Democrats’ misguided and partisan approach to annual appropriations for fiscal year 2022.