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Congressman Tom Cole

Representing the 4th District of Oklahoma


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. 

Since entering Congress, protection of life has been one of my highest priorities. Throughout my service in the U.S. House of Representatives, I have voted in support of life and currently have a 100 percent pro-life voting record. In the days ahead, I will continue to defend the sanctity of life with every vote I cast. 

More on Life

June 27, 2016 Press Release
Norman, OK – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled against the lower court’s decision regarding Texas abortion laws in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. In an earlier decision by the Fifth Circuit Court, the law would require abortion clinics to have facilities that are equivalent to outpatient surgical centers, as well as require doctors who perform abortions to obtain privileges of admitting patients to local hospitals.
May 2, 2016 Weekly Columns

Community health centers are typically held in high regard and enjoy widespread, bipartisan support in Congress. So last week’s revelation that three such facilities in New York had allowed AmeriCorps volunteers to assist in abortion procedures was especially disturbing. Specifically within the AmeriCorps Community HealthCorps program, AmeriCorps volunteers were instructed and trained by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) to act as “doulas” during abortions.

April 29, 2016 News Stories
AmeriCorps admitted this week that six of its members violated the federal prohibition against using taxpayer funds for abortion by acting as “abortion doulas” for women undergoing the procedure at three centers in New York City.
April 26, 2016 News Stories
Rep. Tom Cole said Tuesday that federal grant money should be shut off to a national organization of community health centers for allowing members of an associated group to assist with abortions.
April 26, 2016 News Stories
A House Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman is calling for an investigation into government funded community health centers, following a report that some had been training AmeriCorps volunteers to act as “doulas,” or women trained to assist other women through childbirth, during abortion procedures.
April 26, 2016 News Stories
A top member of the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday called for a major investigation into government-funded community health centers after several clinics were found in violation of federal rules on abortion.
April 26, 2016 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04), chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, sent a letter to Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), in response to troubling findings related to an investigation by the CNCS Office of Inspector General (OIG).
March 31, 2016 News Stories
The Duncan Rotary Club hosted U.S. Congressman Tom Cole for the last meeting in March.
October 5, 2015 Weekly Columns

The release of a series of videos that have exposed the despicable backroom practices at Planned Parenthood and which documented disturbing conversations with some of its employees have caused Americans to question the federal funding the organization receives. Without question, I share the same disgust of the utter disregard for unborn human life demonstrated by the organization’s sale of aborted body parts in the videos. Like many others across the nation, I certainly do not believe that taxpayers should foot the bill for any of Planned Parenthood’s expenses.

October 1, 2015 News Stories

The Oklahoman - Chris Casteel

Congress averted a government shutdown Wednesday, approving a short-term spending bill just hours before the deadline with strong bipartisan support.

President Barack Obama signed the legislation, which will keep departments funded close to their current levels until Dec. 11, two weeks before Christmas.