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October 18, 2013

Moore congressman appointed to budget negotiation committee


Associated Press

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — — Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, will be one of four House Republicans to engage in budget negotiations between the House and Senate with the goal of producing a resolution by Dec. 13, according to a press release issued by Cole’s office on Friday.

Cole was appointed by Speaker John Boehner and Budget Chairman Paul Ryan to serve on a 29-person conference committee, comprised of seven House Members and 22 Senators. If successful, this compromise would be the first time since 2009 that both chambers have agreed on a budget.

“As we begin budget negotiations, I am hopeful that we can find common sense reforms that improve our economic outlook and provide a better future for our children and grandchildren,” Cole said in the press release. “I am pleased to bring the conservative values of Oklahomans to the table as we enter this critical time.