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Cole Votes to Cut Spending, Avert Shutdown

April 7, 2011
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 1363, The Troop Funding Bill, which was passed today by House Republicans. The legislation funds government operations for one week with cuts of $12 billion, provides funding for U.S. Armed Forces for the remainder of the fiscal year, and would avert a government shutdown if adopted in the Senate.

"House Republicans have worked consistently from day one to cut spending and avoid a government shutdown. Today's vote is one more attempt to force Senate Democrats to be responsible and end the uncertainty created by their inaction.

"If they refuse to accept a bill that ensures our troops get paid and provides one more week to reach an agreement on necessary spending cuts, we have to conclude they want a shutdown."