Cole Supports Funding for Troops
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Tom Cole (OK-04) made the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 4899, a supplemental appropriations bill to provide critical funding for war operations in Afghanistan and Iraq:
"The missions in Afghanistan and Iraq are critical to our national security, and our armed forces deserve our full support. Unfortunately, the majority party has held this funding hostage for months in an attempt force through domestic spending completely unrelated to defense. Without this legislation, service members were in real danger of having salaries and benefits going unpaid in the near term -- all so the majority party could disguise more deficit spending.
"Our men and women in uniform deserve better than to have their pay and resources jeopardized while Democrats play politics with the defense budget. I'm pleased to vote for a responsible funding bill so our military members and their families will have the support they need."