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Cole Praises Spending Cuts in 2012 Appropriations Bill

December 16, 2011
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the House of Representatives approved an appropriations bill to fund government operations for fiscal year 2012:

"For the second year in a row, Congress has actually decreased spending. This bill represents a turning point from the years when Washington spending increased automatically, year after year.

"This bill reprioritizes spending away from wasteful programs that do not work to those programs that are a core of what makes America what it is. It protects defense funding and increases military pay while reducing funding for a number of misguided, costly policies like Obamacare and overzealous EPA regulations.

"We certainly have a long way to go to reverse the nation's disastrous spending trajectory, but with this legislation, we're firmly headed in the right direction."