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There's no issue here that can't be ironed out and settled between us.feedback
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Nov 16 2017
We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which Tom Cole is associated, including Trump and Ryan. Most recently, Tom Cole has been quoted saying: “We'll find a middle ground and we'll get it to the president's desk ... This is a big deal for us.” in the article U.S. Congress poised for first vote on tax cut plan.
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Sep 06 2017 - Trump Presidency

I wouldn't do an 18 month thing now. I don't think you blackmail people into doing it. I think (three-months is) a reasonable thing to do and then we'll come back and maybe as a large appropriations deal and a larger budget deal then we'll do with the debt ceiling over a longer period of time.feedback

Sep 06 2017

A short term increase in the debt limit so they can handle this is a sensible thing in my view. Most people understand getting through his immediate crisis and we know we're going to be making a larger appropriations deal sometime after the first of October.feedback

Sep 05 2017 - DACA

There has certainly been some discussion of that on our side. I think trading DACA for border security is certainly something I would look at. It's the kind of deal that practical people could make with one another if they would sit down and have a practical discussion.feedback

Sep 04 2017 - American politics

It's an easy bill to pass, honestly. I don't think people should feel like they were blackmailed into voting for a continuing resolution or a debt-ceiling increase, and I think it would sort of backfire.feedback

Sep 04 2017 - American politics

If you could, you really want a big deal here. You want something that would make sure you didn't have to revisit the debt ceiling until after the president's first term.feedback

Sep 03 2017 - Republican Party

You don't want to look like you're blackmailing people into voting for a debt-ceiling bill or [a spending] bill by using Harvey. If it's part of a larger agreement and everybody's fine with that, well, then that's okay. But don't try to exploit a disaster for political purposes. I think it always gets you in trouble.feedback

Aug 31 2017

You certainly can't have the government shut down in the middle of a national crisis.feedback

Aug 28 2017

I wonder if he'll be demanding offsets now that he's O.M.B. director? Probably not.feedback

Aug 28 2017

There's no way they can give you any reasonable estimate about how much this will cost until the water goes down and they can go back in to assess the damage.feedback

Aug 24 2017 - Republican Party

It doesn't help at this point, with a September coming up that is very consequential, to be throwing rocks at one another. You don't, I think, do a lot of good by torching your teammates, particularly by name, individually.feedback

Aug 24 2017 - Trump Presidency

When you control the presidency, the Senate and the House, you're shutting down the government that you're running. I don't think it's smart politically and I don't think it would succeed practically.feedback

Aug 17 2017 - Trump Presidency

In the Senate, most of those guys aren't up next cycle. It's easier to break when your name's not on the ballot.feedback

Aug 17 2017 - Trump Presidency

If we get to the end of the year and we haven't done any of the big three, then you worry about political trouble.feedback

Aug 17 2017 - Trump Presidency

If Republicans want to be in the majority, it's not a question of sticking from Trump, it's a question of accomplishing things. And most of those things require a presidential signature.feedback

Aug 08 2017

That's a tough sell to Republicans. Democrats seem to be fine with that, but I think most of my colleagues aren't.feedback

Jul 28 2017 - Obamacare

I'm always open to working with Democrats, but the problem is they tell us they want to fix Obamacare – but I haven't seen a fix.feedback

Jul 23 2017 - Republican Party

Honestly, I think there have been so many distractions that most people don't know how much we have done.feedback

Jul 20 2017 - Trump Presidency

I feel very strongly that Congress is handing over its war making authority to the executive branch. It did so under Obama, and it is doing so under Trump. In their desire to spare their members from tough votes, the leadership of both parties have weakened the power of Congress. This belief is widely shared by the rank and file in both parties.feedback

Jul 04 2017

The Constitution is awfully clear, as my friend points out, about where war-making authority resides. It resides in this body.feedback

Jul 01 2017

We've had leadership honestly on both sides that have put off this debate again and again and again. If we're going to send people to war, we owe them the support of the Congress of the United States.feedback

Jun 18 2017 - Trump Presidency

First and foremost, this is a referendum on the Trump presidency. The stakes here are not just for the House, the stakes are for the Trump presidency.feedback

Jun 15 2017

People know the Democratic base is extremely agitated, and you are not going to defuse it in the short term. You've got to keep your own base charged up and the only way to do that is deliver [on these issues].feedback

Jun 05 2017 - Russia

It's an enormous distraction and it creates uncertainty. It casts a pall over the political system and slows things down. You don't want to slow things down when you have all three levers of power.feedback

Jun 03 2017 - Republican Party

The Russia investigation takes a lot of oxygen, it takes a lot of attention. I think we've done more than we've gotten credit for, but the big ones are ahead. It's certainly an ambitious agenda we've got, there's no question about it, it has been all along and I wouldn't have it any other way.feedback

May 31 2017

Presidential budgets are a statement of presidential priorities but Congress makes the decision–and there's strong bipartisan support for the NIH. This is the second year in a row that NIH has received a substantial increase, and the intention of Congress is that that continue. It's a signal to young people who are thinking about biomedical careers.feedback

May 31 2017

We need to have steady, predictable increases.feedback

May 29 2017 - American politics

I'm always leery of the Senate, because their record on this is frankly not nearly as good as the House. But I think there's cause for concern on the House side, too. We're still a ways away.feedback

May 25 2017 - American politics

I think there's probably an effort to walk the extra mile, and leave no stone unturned.feedback

May 23 2017 - Trump Presidency

The National Institutes of Health is not likely to be cut. I think CDC (Centers for Disease Control) is not likely to be cut. I think that is ill-advised personally.feedback

May 23 2017 - American politics

It's like all budgets, the Republican House budget included. It's got some rosy assumptions in it, and there are some things that are a little bit gimmicky.feedback

May 23 2017

We have to avoid the temptation of giving the president everything he wants because if we gave him everything want into writing we couldn't enact it.feedback

May 20 2017

The media has over-sensationalized some of this stuff. This holds them in check. It's something they can follow and report on.feedback

May 20 2017 - American politics

It wasn't forced on [Trump] by a Republican House and Senate. In that sense, hopefully there will be no bitterness directed at our leadership, let alone members. By and large, we stayed with the president.feedback

May 20 2017

Democrats had the advantage that they weren't responsible for anything. They enjoyed us twisting in the wind. It's all moot now. I don't think the media will be able to penetrate this investigation to the same degree that they seem to have penetrated the institutions of government.feedback

May 17 2017

While I am no Comey fan, I won't defend anyone who obstructs justice. I believe it is time for Comey to appear before Congress, answer questions under oath, and turn over all relevant documents to Congress and the Justice Department.feedback

May 15 2017 - Republican Party

The FBI is America's pre-eminent law enforcement agency. As such, it needs to be led by a person of unquestioned character and completely divorced from partisan politics.feedback

May 05 2017 - Republican Party

He pointed out, Look, I'm the guy who had to go tell the president of the United States last time we don't have the votes. I'm the guy who had to sit there and make the argument we shouldn't put it up now because we have an opportunity to come back another day.feedback

May 04 2017 - Obamacare

If we couldn't get this across the floor it would all stop here today. Nobody should look at this as the be-all and end-all. It's the first step, not the last step.feedback

May 03 2017

Every member of this House has a victory in the bill.feedback

May 01 2017

Instead of funding one in three grants we fell to funding one in six.feedback

Apr 28 2017 - Republican Party

Until you actually have legislative text in front of you and a CBO [Congessional Budget Office] estimate about the real cost of it, it's pretty hard to commit to any specific thing. We've been stumbling and bumbling along at 1.5 and 2 percent for a while. I think there's a broad consensus that we need to do some things that will spark economic growth and I'm certainly prepared to run some risk to get that done.feedback

Apr 26 2017 - Republican Party

They certainly haven't been particularly helpful in the process and a number of them have been busy rolling hand grenades across the Rotunda for about three months.feedback

Apr 26 2017 - Russia

Mike did what Mike does: he takes care of problems. It will be professional, it will be transparent, everybody will have open input, and at the end of the day if there's anything there, we'll know what it was and he'll be completely forthright and honest with whatever he finds.feedback

Apr 26 2017 - Republican Party

Let those guys deal with it for a while.feedback

Apr 26 2017

I don't think it's dead. I'm very worried about blowing a huge hole in the deficit.feedback

Apr 26 2017

We could get there today, we are not very far away.feedback

Apr 25 2017

The appropriators have basically worked out everything. The real questions now are really above the appropriators' level.feedback

Apr 25 2017

I personally don't think we ought to be disrupting markets.feedback

Apr 25 2017

I wouldn't risk a $1 trillion funding bill for a $3 billion wall.feedback

Apr 19 2017 - American politics

The Democratic base is totally engaged, totally fired up, and anybody that thinks that is going to go away I think is whistling past the political graveyard. The only way you fight that is you have to fire up the Republican base. And to do that, strangely enough, you have to govern.feedback

Apr 17 2017 - Republican Party

You've got a miniature civil war going on there. We're all paying attention, since anything can happen in a special.feedback

Apr 15 2017 - Republican Party

Their base is whipped up and going. Nothing we can do is going to change that. So you better have your own base equally charged up, and to do that you have to convince them that you're getting things done – that the fact that they gave you the Senate, the House and the White House means something.feedback

Apr 12 2017 - Obamacare

I think that realization is spreading out there: that nobody is going to be safe politically. The best thing is to get something done, because the Democratic base is fired up, and it's going to remain fired up. The only way we can have comparable intensity on our side in an off-year election is actually deliver and do some things.feedback

Apr 12 2017 - Obamacare

I think he senses maybe there's a little bit of a change as people think through the consequences. It's too early in the process to kill this, and it will impact the rest of our agenda. I think other members of different points of view are beginning to figure that out.feedback

Apr 10 2017

I don't think anybody wants to disrupt the markets more than they already are. It's a very unstable market. My personal opinion is yes.feedback

Apr 08 2017

You can have the best people in the world, but if you're slashing the NIH budget by 20 percent, and presumably the same thing to CDC, then I don't care how good your people are, they're not going to be nearly as effective as they need to be. If the idea of a government is to protect the United States and its people, then these people contribute as much as another wing on an F-35 [fighter jet], and actually do more to save tens of thousands of lives.feedback

Apr 06 2017

What may anchor him [to us] is more negative than positive.feedback

Apr 06 2017

That's a very possible, if not likely, outcome. If the political configuration in Congress can't deliver [results], why wouldn't he try something else?feedback

Apr 03 2017

I'm extremely concerned about the potential impact of the 18 percent cut.feedback

Mar 29 2017 - Affordable Care Act

It's probably the right thing to do, I think. Otherwise you're going to have insurance companies exiting the market.feedback

Mar 28 2017 - American politics

If you're doing that, you're saying you can do that with all Republican votes and dealing the Democrats out from the beginning. That's fine as long as you're sure you can get those votes, but nothing I've seen so far assures me of that. I'm sorry, we had a revolt without a bipartisan approach.feedback

Mar 28 2017

This is an agency we all admire.feedback

Mar 27 2017

In the end, there's a group of people in this party who just won't say yes. At some point, I think that means looking beyond our conference. The president is a deal maker, and Ronald Reagan cut some of his most important deals with Democrats.feedback

Mar 26 2017 - Russian probe

Loyalty can sometimes make you, you know, go a step too far. I'm pretty heartened that [Nunes] recognized that within 24 hours and moved to change it.feedback

Mar 26 2017 - Russian probe

He is loyal to his friends. And if they're in a fight, he's going to be on your side in the fight.feedback

Mar 23 2017 - Republican Party

This isn't a once and forever bill, or vote, or anything of the kind. What we do today isn't going to be the final word. Seniors on fixed incomes would likely see a big jump in their healthcare expenses without a near-term reduction in premiums. We can't burden seniors who deserve better from us!feedback

Mar 19 2017 - Wiretapping

I see no indication that that's true. President Obama is owed an apology.feedback

Mar 17 2017 - Wiretapping

It's not a charge that I would have ever made. And, frankly, unless you can produce some pretty compelling proof, then I think the president, you know, President Obama is owed an apology in that regard. . . If he didn't do it, we shouldn't be reckless in accusations that he did.feedback

Mar 09 2017 - Obamacare

The populist rhetoric is so systemic, it's hard to believe it's not a deliberate effort to change the language of politics. This is obviously very populist language – the idea that there's finally somebody here to protect you from these international and corporate forces that are making you feel lost. He has to show real progress on four things: border security, replace Obamacare, tax reform and rebuilding the military. If we don't get those four big things done, it'll all collapse into finger-pointing and division.feedback

Mar 03 2017

If they get some legislative successes, they'll be fine, and if they don't, that's when the real trouble begins.feedback

Feb 22 2017

It really is up to us, to get that done on our own.feedback

Jan 27 2017

You don't want to be the reason why we weren't successful in getting these things done. I think they worry about it.feedback

Jan 03 2017

People didn't want this story on opening day.feedback

Nov 22 2016

You can't actually put the social safety net off the table.feedback

Nov 12 2016

Trump needs Ryan to get things to his desk.feedback

Nov 09 2016

I would expect the very first thing a Republican Congress would do would be to repeal Obamacare.feedback

May 11 2016

We have done a good job positioning our members. few House Republican incumbents have lost in primaries this year, even as Trump has defeated the party establishment's presidential hopefuls. Now, we'll just have to go through the storm.feedback

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