Cole Gets to Work on Funding Bill

Congressman Tom Cole’s House Appropriations Subcommittee will get its first crack at a Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Funding bill on Thursday. The bill’s draft was released on Wednesday and includes $156 billion in discretionary funding. That’s five billion dollar cut compared to last year’s funding bill.

Cole is the chairman of the Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee.

“The Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill again achieves its goal of reducing discretionary spending, while remaining committed to important national priorities. For a third consecutive year, it allocates a significant funding increase of $1.1 billion for the National Institutes of Health, which will benefit a wide range of biomedical programs, including public health preparedness and readiness in biodefense, and research programs to find cures spanning from cancer to Alzheimer’s. Included as well are increases for special education funding; TRIO, GEAR UP, and early childhood education programs; and new provisions to protect human life. This bill is one that reflects the priorities that Americans value, and will continue to support the well-being of Americans through funding these vital programs,” said Cole.

The draft of the funding bill can be found here.

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