Cole Comments on Supplemental Appropriations Bill
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Tom Cole (OK-04) today issued the following statement after House Democrats passed their latest spending bill:
"House Democrats have made a habit of exploiting defense legislation to force through unpopular spending increases, but they've really outdone themselves this time. Less than half of the funds in this $72 billion spending bill will go to support war operations while the bulk of the items are a grab bag of pet projects and domestic spending. At a time of fiscal crisis, any new spending should be subject to a full and transparent debate on the merits -- not tacked on to a vital defense bill. Funding for our troops overseas should not be exploited in the interests of giving liberals cover to run up more deficit spending."