Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, has been named to House Rules Committee, which determines the framework of debate for major pieces of legislation. The Republican members are picked by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. The selection of Cole comes after the Oklahoma lawmaker became a prominent voice in the fiscal cliff debate last month, arguing that Republicans shouldn’t hold 98 percent of taxpayers “hostage” to automatic tax increases to protect tax cuts for the wealthiest.
Cole has served on the committee before. He was selected by former House Speaker Dennis Hastert but lost his seat when Democrats reclaimed the House in 2006.
Cole serves on two other powerful committees _ Appropriations and Budget.
“It’s a tremendous honor to be asked to serve on the House Rules Committee,” Cole said. “The Rules Committee is responsible for every piece of legislation considered on the House floor. Serving on the Rules Committee while also serving on the Appropriations Committee and Budget Committee will provide a unique opportunity to influence crucial legislation to reduce the national debt. Balancing the budget will be the focus of the 113th Congress, and enacting responsible spending cuts and entitlement reform will be my top priority.”