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Government

October 19, 2013

Rep. Tom Cole to assist in budget negotiations between the House and Senate

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NORMAN —

“I am very pleased by the fact that Congress has taken action to reopen the government and to avoid a default on the national debt,” Boren said. “A default on the national debt has the potential to have extremely damaging effects on the economy of the United States and the global economy as well. It has been estimated that the growth rate of the American economy has already been slowed by more than 20 percent during this financial quarter by the government shutdown.” 

During a town hall meeting at the Weather Center in August, Cole had warned that September, October and November would be contentious on Capitol Hill. In an op-ed published in the Transcript in early October, he said a “shutdown is harmful to hard-working Americans, and using it as a strategy to repeal Obamcare is sure to fail,” as long as Obama is in the White House.

Immediately following the reopening, Cole expressed hope that “both chambers on both sides of the aisle” had learned from the shutdown.

“Americans want solutions that reduce the deficit, overhaul the current tax system, create more jobs, spur economic growth and preserve the full faith and credit of the United States,” Cole said on Friday. “These are goals shared by my fellow Republicans and my constituents back home. In the coming days, I am ready to work with my Democrat colleagues as we attempt to find common ground for the sake of the entire nation.”

Cole said he is committed to finding solutions and believes dialogue is key.

“After the pain caused by government shutdown and the uncertainty triggered by the expiring debt ceiling, we know now more than ever that we have to talk to each other,” Cole said. “While conference negotiations will be intense and tough, it is critical that we find common ground to avoid any repeats of what we experienced during shutdown.”

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