Most Oklahoma lawmakers oppose spending, debt bill

Republican Tom Cole, of Moore, is sole member of Oklahoma congressional delegation to support bill to reopen government and lift the nation's debt ceiling?
by Chris Casteel Modified: October 17, 2013 at 12:23 am •  Published: October 16, 2013

Most of Oklahoma's lawmakers voted Wednesday night against the bill to reopen the federal government until Jan. 15 and extend the debt ceiling until Feb. 7.

Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, was the only Oklahoman to support the legislation. Voting against were Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee; Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Tulsa; Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City; Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne; and Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Westville.

Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, is recovering from heart surgery and missed the vote, though he would have opposed the agreement.

What they said

Coburn

“Washington doesn't need short-term budget and debt limit extensions as much as we need a long-term spending addiction recovery plan.

“The American people should do what any responsible parent would do if their adolescent child couldn't handle the responsibility of a credit card. We should cut up the credit card and live within our means.”

Inhofe

“The federal government is growing more invasive than our Founding Fathers ever intended; our national debt is slated to skyrocket to $25 trillion in the next decade. ... I look forward to my soon return to continue this debate and ensure this crucial discussion about our nation's future remains in the forefront of funding decisions.”

Cole

“Because both sides worked together and negotiated, the government will reopen at last and federal employees can finally return to work.

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by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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