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Thu October 17, 2013

Cole Votes Yes on Bill to Reopen US Government; Only Oklahoma Lawmaker To Do So

Tom Cole
Tom Cole
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — U.S. Rep. Tom Cole is the only member of Oklahoma's delegation to vote in favor of a plan to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling.

The House voted 285-144 Wednesday night in favor of the plan, following the Senate's 81-18 vote.

Cole was among 87 Republicans in the House voting in support of the bill that restores funding for the government through Jan. 15 and extends the nation's borrowing authority through Feb. 7.

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn voted no, and U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe didn't vote because he's recovering from emergency heart surgery.

Oklahoma's U.S. Reps. Jim Bridenstine, James Lankford, Frank Lucas and Markwayne Mullin were among the 144 Republican House members voting no.