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Congressman Tom Cole

Representing the 4th District of Oklahoma

Issues

Agriculture

There are no better stewards of the land than those whose livelihood depends on that land. In Congress, I work closely with my colleagues to ensure that our farmers and ranchers are not needlessly regulated and that safety nets, such as crop insurance, remain in place to protect against the volatile effects of drought, floods, tornadoes and other natural disasters.

Defense and National Security

Congress has no greater responsibility than to provide our military with the training and resources it needs to meet the growing security challenges around the world. As a senior member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, I am a champion for a strong national defense and returning fiscal discipline to the Pentagon. I support a strong military and believe one of my greatest responsibilities is to support a force postured to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Economy

I have consistently supported legislation and policies to get the nation’s long-term fiscal house in order by balancing the budget and reforming entitlements, so we can eventually pay down our debt.

Education

As a former educator, I understand how important it is for our children to have access to a quality education. I am committed to ensuring parents and teachers have the tools and resources necessary to provide the best possible educational opportunities for our children.

Energy

I support an all-of-the-above energy strategy that encourages domestic production, reduces our dependency on foreign oil and explores alternative energy solutions.

Financial Services

Financial institutions such as community banks and credit unions play a critical role in our local economy. Local lending institutions can more effectively help customers because of their detailed knowledge of customers and close ties to the community. This presence helps businesses buy new equipment, add to the workforce and improve products and services to the local economy.

Foreign Affairs

While much of the power to conduct foreign affairs is granted to the president by the U.S. Constitution, Congress can and should still shape foreign policy and play a vital role in ensuring the world remains a safe place and that our citizens are protected from harm.

Healthcare

Unlike President Obama’s unworkable government takeover of the American healthcare system, I support true, fundamental healthcare reform that expands access to healthcare and increases affordability without sacrificing quality.

Immigration

Just as we are a nation of immigrants, America is also a nation of laws, and those laws must be obeyed and enforced. I believe that securing our borders and stopping the flood of illegal immigrants must be a top priority for our nation.

Life

As penned in the Declaration of Independence, our forefathers founded America with the strong belief that individuals are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.” Among those is the right to life, which influences my commitment to protecting the most vulnerable, including the unborn.

Natural Resources

We must maintain programs to manage our resources wisely, while working with landowners to ensure that their property rights are protected.

Science and Technology

I support the needs of our scientists to continue their research and provide meaningful employment to our community.

Second Amendment

As one of the founding principles of our nation, the right to bear arms must be fully upheld, and I am committed to protecting the rights of responsible gun owners who safely use guns for hunting and protection. And in Oklahoma, we know that guns are tools to be used responsibly.

Small Business

In order for small businesses to be established, create jobs and remain open, the environment must encourage and allow them to thrive. I am committed to clearing red tape for small businesses so they can create jobs, encourage commerce and help the economy.

Social Security

I am committed to addressing the challenges facing Social Security and in protecting it for current workers, as well as future retirees.

Taxes

American families and small businesses are taxed too much, and the system through which we collect these taxes is overly burdensome, too complex and fundamentally unfair in many respects. 
 

Transportation

I am committed to working to develop long-term transportation and infrastructure solutions that benefit Oklahomans and all Americans.

Tribal Relations

As an enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation, I am very proud of my heritage and the tremendous accomplishments of tribes in Oklahoma and across our country. I am committed to advocating on behalf of Native Americans in Congress.

Veterans

Our veterans, who have served during war and peace, have made tremendous sacrifices to protect our freedoms. I remain committed to holding the VA accountable and ensuring promises made to our veterans are kept.