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Congressman Tom Cole

Representing the 4th District of Oklahoma

Rep. Cole: “We are governing by regular order”

September 28, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04), Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, released the following statement after President Donald Trump signed into law the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 6157. The legislation was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this week and includes the annual appropriations bills for the Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies. Cole attended the bill signing at the White House with President Trump early Friday afternoon. This two-bill package for fiscal year 2019 appropriations reflects the agreement reached earlier this month during negotiations of a bicameral conference committee on which Cole served; it also includes a short-term continuing resolution to ensure all areas of government remain fully funded and operational.

“The primary responsibility and obligation of Congress is to ensure the government is funded, and I am pleased that Congress has fulfilled that promise to the American people through the legislation signed into law by the president,” said Cole. “Without question, this is a monumental moment that proves Congress can effectively govern by regular order and responsibly provide for some of the nation’s most pressing and critical needs. I thank the president for further advancing funding that strengthens our military and equips our dedicated service members with the resources they need to forge confidently ahead in every mission.

“Along with critical funding for the nation’s defense, I am also incredibly proud that the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill is included in this package and that it maintains many of the priorities first advanced by my subcommittee. It was an honor to be a part of the conference committee negotiations that secured funding for several vital programs and initiatives—including a significant boost for the National Institutes of Health and focused funding for educational and workforce development programs. Without question, this legislation helps ensure that Americans are better off.”