Funding Bill Encourages Energy Independence
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04), a member of the House Committee on Appropriations, released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2028, the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2016. With $35.4 billion in total discretionary spending, the legislation provides funding for critical water infrastructure projects and maintenance. It also strengthens and protects America’s nuclear capability and recommends better usage and development of the nation’s resources to encourage energy independence.
“Especially in light of mounting threats abroad, often in countries from which the United States depends on oil exports, I am pleased that the legislation passed today points us in the direction of energy independence,” said Cole. “In addition, the bill prioritizes the nation’s security by protecting and maintaining our nuclear capability. Further still, it funds important water infrastructure projects to facilitate commerce. Today’s vote is truly a win for the American people because it seeks to ensure the nation’s security and competitive strength.”