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Congressman Cole Votes for Funding for Education and Health Programs

June 24, 2005
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole voted today for the FY06 Labor, HHS, Education Appropriations Act (H.R. 3010) which will provide funding for important education and health programs. This legislation includes funding for TRIO, GEAR UP and for the Carl Perkins Vocational and Technical grant program.

"This is a fiscally responsible bill that meets our nation's priorities in education, advancing medical research and a variety of health programs," Congressman Cole said. "I am very pleased that the House restored TRIO and GEAR UP funding, which is vital in helping underprivileged students attend college."

Congressman Cole led a bi-partisan effort to ensure that funding for TRIO and GEAR UP would not be cut as proposed in the President's budget. He sent a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Labor, HHS and Education Subcommittee, that was signed by 167 members, urging them to continue funding these programs.

"Both of TRIO and GEAR UP have made a significant impact in lives of Oklahoma students," Congressman Tom Cole said. "Through the personal stories of students and faculty and state-wide statistics, the success of these two programs is evident. I truly believe that TRIO and GEAR UP programs are an investment in our state's and country's future and that it is worth the price."

H.R. 3010 funds TRIO at $836.54 million, which is $467 million above the President's budget request. GEAR UP is funded at $306.48 million and the Carl Perkins Vocational and Technical grants program at $1.19 billion.

The FY06 Labor, HHS, Education Appropriations Act also included funding for impact aid ($1.24 billion), special education grants ($10.7 billion),  Head Start ($6.9 billion), Medicare prescription drug benefit implementation ($890 million) and Community Health Centers ($1.8 billion). This legislation must now be considered by the Senate.