U.S. Congressman Tom Cole (OK-4) released the following statement after the Senate on Thursday voted 95-4 in favor of an amendment prohibiting taxpayer funding of political conventions. The amendment to the farm bill, sponsored by Sen. Tom Coburn, is based on legislation Cole and Coburn each introduced earlier this month. Cole has introduced similar legislation in 2009 and 2011.
"The overwhelming Senate vote in favor of ending taxpayer funding of political conventions is proof that it's time to terminate this outrageous waste of taxpayer dollars. After 40 straight months of 8 percent unemployment and massive budget deficits, it would be an embarrassment to go into this year's conventions with this policy still in place. The House has already voted to end funding once. With passage of the Senate amendment, I'm hopeful that we can build on the growing bipartisan support to sign this commonsense reform into law before another dollar of taxpayer money is wasted on conventions."