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Congressman Tom Cole Announces Subcommittee Assignments

February 6, 2003
Press Release

Washington D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole announced his subcommittee assignments today for the House Armed Services, Education and the Workforce and Resources Committees.

On the House Armed Services Committee Congressman Cole selected assignments to the Subcommittees on Readiness and Total Force. The Subcommittee on Readiness has responsibility for all issues related to military operations, military construction, and depot level maintenance. The committee also has oversight responsibility of the base closure process.

The Subcommittee on Total Force has responsibility for all military personnel programs including: pay, benefits and healthcare. The committee also has oversight of programs effecting members of the National Guard and Reserve.

"I am really happy with these assignments. Especially during these challenging times, we must make sure the men and women who serve in our nation's uniforms receive all the support we can provide. They must be properly trained. They must be fairly paid. They must be given the right tools to do their job and come home safely. And we must keep our word to their families. These are the committees where Congress will do that kind of important work and keep those kind of promises," Congressman Cole said.

"These assignments will also allow me to address issues facing Oklahoma's military bases and military communities. From the depot at Tinker, to encroachment at Fort Sill, to the thousands of Oklahoman soldiers serving in the guard and reserve, we have a lot on our plate," Cole said.

On the House Education and the Workforce Committee, Cole selected subcommittees on 21st Century Competitiveness and Employer-Employee Relations. "These will be very exciting and busy committees this year, covering a wide range of issues from higher education and training programs to employer provided pension and health plans," Cole said.

The jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on 21st Century Competitiveness is education after high school level including: higher education generally, professional development, pre-service and in-service teacher training and all welfare reform programs.

Cole was also awarded a committee assignment to the House Resources Committee where he chose a seat on the Energy and Mineral Resources subcommittee.

Cole concluded, "With three important Committee assignments and five subcommittees this is going to be a very busy year. I know we can accomplish great things for our country, enormous things for our military and excellent things for Oklahoma."

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