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Cole votes to keep government open; remainder of state delegation votes for shutdown

Rep. Tom Cole
Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) flanked by interns in a July 29, 2021, photo.

Oklahoma Republican Rep. Tom Cole was the only member of the state's all-GOP Congressional Delegation to vote for a continuing resolution to avert a partial government shutdown, a resolution which passed and was signed Thursday by President Biden.

“While a continuing resolution is never ideal, a government shutdown is a far worse alternative, which would deal expensive and damaging consequences. Indeed, keeping the government open and operating is one of the most fundamental responsibilities of Congress,” Cole said in a statement. “With an already shaky economy and inflationary crisis, due to the socialist policies and unprecedented spending pushed by Democrats in recent months, the last thing the American people need is a costly and avoidable government shutdown. In the days and weeks ahead, I remain hopeful that both parties and both chambers can work together to negotiate and pass full-year funding for fiscal year 2022.”

Cole was one of 34 Republicans in the House of Representatives to join Democrats in voting for the resolution.

Fellow Oklahoma Republican Reps. Markwayne Mullin, Stephanie Bice, Frank Lucas and Kevin Hern all voted against it.

"House Democrats have had plenty of time to prepare a proper budget to fund the government. Instead, they continue to delay the process to ensure their liberal wish lists are fulfilled, to the detriment of hardworking Americans. Instead of focusing on funding the government, Democrats used the CR to include things not remotely related to the budget," Bice said in a statement.

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