“I do think there’s a special burden on the Republicans,” Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole, the deputy whip of the House, said on NewsmaxTV. “If this becomes what appears to be a kangaroo court then I think that will backfire; that will hurt us. If it looks like we’re trying to exploit a nation tragedy instead of get to the bottom of it, learn lessons, hold people accountable if necessary. That will hurt.”
“It’s hard for me to know if the Democrats are sincere about this. I must say I have my doubts.” Rep. Tom Cole told BuzzFeed. House Democrats estimate 72,000 people will continue to lose benefits each week without an extension.
Rep. Tom Cole thinks thinks his conference’s most conservative members will need to mellow out to get anything done. “Over time I think they’ll get better,” Cole hopes.
Oklahoma’s Rep. Tom Cole wouldn’t take “no” for an answer.
“I told Tom I don’t agree with him,” Boehner says after Rep. Tom Cole floats idea of agreeing to some tax hikes.