Cole Statement on Passage of CJS Appropriations Bill
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04), a member of the House Committee on Appropriations, released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2578, the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2016. The legislation addresses federal programs and areas of government related to law enforcement, national security, scientific research and space exploration.
Of particular value to Oklahoma, the legislation funds the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) with full funding for the National Weather Service (NWS) and funding for improvements to weather forecasting, including the next generation weather and aircraft radars.
“I am pleased that the House acted responsibly and passed legislation that funds programs and areas of government that keep our nation safe and maintain America’s economic and innovative leadership,” said Cole. “Especially after another difficult tornado and severe weather season for Oklahoma, I am encouraged to see provisions to make weather forecasting even better in order to provide ample warning for communities like ours that could face natural disasters.”