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Cole Statement on Funding Bill to Prevent Government Shutdown

September 30, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a short-term continuing resolution that funds the government through December 11 and prevents a government shutdown. 

“While it is a relief that lawmakers have acted responsibly and passed legislation that keeps the government open, I am disappointed that we again had to use a short-term funding bill to do so,” said Cole. “The House has been hard at work this year in writing, considering and passing appropriations bills to fund every area of the government. In fact, for the first time since 2009, the House has not only passed all 12 appropriations bills out of committee but six of those bills successfully passed on the House floor. 

“One of the preeminent responsibilities we are tasked with as members of Congress is to ensure that government continues to function. While another short-term funding bill is not perfect, the alternative of a government shutdown is far worse. In the days, weeks and months ahead, I hope that lawmakers in both chambers and the president will waste no more time and instead work together to negotiate a broader budget agreement. 

Cole also responded to claims that the continuing resolution provides taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood. 

“Despite claims to the contrary, there is no federal funding for Planned Parenthood included in this bill. Since the majority of Planned Parenthood’s federal funding comes from Medicaid reimbursements, or entitlement spending, it is not subject to the annual appropriations process. The remaining amount of federal money previously given to Planned Parenthood primarily comes from the Title X program in the form of family-planning grants. All grants for this year have been distributed and no others can be awarded until April of next year, which is long past the length of the funding measure passed today. While I share the same disgust of the evidence seen in the atrocious videos, I want to assure my constituents that no additional funds are being provided in this bill for Planned Parenthood,” concluded Cole. 

As chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, Cole led the subcommittee in writing, considering and passing legislation that defunded the Title X Family Planning grant program—the direct source of federal funding in the subcommittee’s jurisdiction. It passed the Appropriations Committee in June

To watch Cole’s remarks made on the House floor today in support of keeping the government open, click here

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