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Rep. Tom Cole to head subcommittee on congressional spending

by Chris Casteel Modified: November 13, 2013 at 10:10 am •  Published: November 13, 2013

The House Appropriations Committee reshuffled some leadership positions on Wednesday because of the recent death of a senior member.

Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, will now be the chairman of the subcommittee that oversees legislative spending.

Rep. Hal Rogers, R-KY, the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, said, “The Legislative Branch Subcommittee takes on the important work of providing funding for the operations, safety, and upkeep of the Nation’s Capitol.

“It is sometimes a thankless job, but this subcommittee is vital to the functioning of our democracy, and Tom Cole will be a tremendous asset as its new leader. He is dedicated to the careful and responsible use of tax dollars – especially in Congress’s backyard – and he understands the importance of ensuring an open, accessible, and safe environment for the thousands of Members, staffers, and visitors who come to the Capitol every day.”

Cole said, “I am honored to be appointed as Chairman of the Legislative Branch Subcommittee.

“As I step into this new leadership role, I am optimistic that we can continue to find responsible ways to use hardworking taxpayer dollars. This subcommittee has already led the way in discovering new savings right on the Capitol Hill grounds. I am confident that we can continue to responsibly use taxpayer dollars by eliminating redundancies, and I look forward to leading that effort.”

Appropriations subcommittee chairmen are known as “cardinals” and, before the budget/appropriations process totally broke down, were pretty powerful.

The last cardinal from Oklahoma was former Rep. Ernest Istook, a Republican.

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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