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Congressman Tom Cole

Representing the 4th District of Oklahoma

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.

For example, Congress maintains control over the “purse strings” and funds our national defense and foreign assistance. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I have had the opportunity to see firsthand how foreign assistance is used to support American values all over the world. On average, about one percent of foreign aid is provided as direct budget support (cash) to foreign governments. The remainder of aid is given in the form of expert technical advice, training, equipment, vaccines, food, educational exchanges and applied research. Much of the work done by America and its citizens internationally is crucial to lifting developing countries out of poverty and promoting long-term development.

Additionally, through the appropriations process, Congress can help ensure that funding goes to countries to build stability and counter international threats. Approximately 1.3 percent of the total federal budget is designated for foreign assistance from all federal sources. Aid that promotes global prosperity, democracy and rule of law, economic growth and humanitarian interests reflects American values and global leadership.

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October 8, 2019 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04), a member of House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s policy regarding Syria.
September 21, 2019 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper announced Friday that President Donald Trump has approved deployment of U.S. defensive troops to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
August 6, 2019 Weekly Columns
The United States has been a long-time friend and ally of the Jewish state of Israel. For decades, our country has rightly supported the nation of Israel as one of our greatest allies on the international stage.
June 16, 2019 News Stories
Fox 25 sat down with U.S. Representative Tom Cole (R-OK 4th District) Sunday to discuss major topics in Washington, and how they might impact Oklahomans.
April 22, 2019 Weekly Columns

On April 4, 1949, the North Atlantic Treaty was signed, and the United States entered the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as one of 12 founding member countries. Seven decades later, the transatlantic alliance endures, and it has grown to include 29 countries, pledging still to face aggressors and security threats together.

April 3, 2019 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after a joint session of the United States Congress welcomed Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
February 28, 2019 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after President Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un concluded in Hanoi, Vietnam. On behalf of the United States, President Trump did not agree to a proposed deal with the North Korean regime.
September 11, 2018 Press Release

“Seventeen years ago I was in Washington D.C. the day of the 9/11 attack on America. While I was not a member of Congress, I was sitting in the offices of the US Chamber of Commerce looking directly at the White House across Lafayette Square. Gathered with my colleagues and others we turned on our television just in time to see the second plane crash into the twin towers. Minutes later we saw people pour out of the White House, fleeing out of fear that the home of America’s first family would be the next target.

August 20, 2018 Weekly Columns
For decades, the United States has grappled with the often contentious and theocratic regime of Iran. Iran is not a friend to the United States. It is a nation well known for funding, training and harboring terrorists, and often, the United States has been the target of such activity. Under President Trump’s leadership, the U.S. has approached Iran’s inconsistent and unreliable commitment to denuclearization. In fact, since the implementation of the Iran Deal under President Obama, it has been evident that Iran continued to become a nuclear capable state.
 
August 6, 2018 Weekly Columns
As the United States continues its historic buildup of its defense capabilities, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has committed to increasing security investments as well. Russia seeks to change the international order by stressing our alliances, undermining national institutions, and supporting conflicts around the world. Its goal is to exert greater influence around the globe and demonstrate Russia is not only a nuclear power, but a Great Power. The NATO alliance shares a common strategic vision on how to counter this threat.
 

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