Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, who was appointed to the powerful House Appropriations Committee last week, learned Monday that he’ll be on three subcommittees.
One oversees Interior spending — that’s a biggie for Oklahoma since it includes Indian tribes, but also because it’s a forum for policy fights over oil and gas drilling.
He’ll also be on the one that decides spending for the Labor and Health and Human Services departments. This is typically the most controversial spending bill of the 13 Congress is supposed to write every year since it winds up being where lots of social policy is debated.
Cole’s third subcommittee is Legislative Branch, which is where lawmakers decide how much money they can spend on themselves.