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Cole Supports Funding Bill to Benefit Indian Country

October 14, 2013
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.J. Res 80, the American Indian and Alaska Native, Health, Education, and Safety Act. This bill passed by a vote of 233-160 and provides immediate funding for the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) and Indian Health Service (HIS)

“I am pleased that the House acted in a bipartisan manner by funding critical programs that benefit Indian Country,” said Cole. “Not only does it provide hope for larger budget negotiations and the end of a shutdown that has dragged on too long, it also requires for the federal government to honor existing treaty obligations with tribal governments.

“Native Americans should not suffer the loss or reduction of benefits due to this lapse in appropriations. Today’s House action is a step in the right direction, but it’s not the end of the story. I call upon the Senate to immediately take up this legislation and act in a bipartisan manner in restoring these important programs. As we continue working together to find common ground, I look forward to real solutions that fund the entire government and keep Indian Country functioning.

To watch Congressman Cole’s recent remarks in support of H.J. Res 80 on the House floor, click here.